Prior to joining Sports Occupational & Knee Surgery in 2008, she performed over 2000 podiatry procedures. As a respected and experienced podiatrist that can effectively diagnose and treat your needs whether it is ankle and joint pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, toenail fungus or other foot and ankle ailments; Dr. McCarty strives to deliver quality podiatry care to informed patients in our comfortable and convenient offices.
Dr. Kathren McCarty combines knowledgeable and honest care with the most advanced technology in the Greater San Antonio region to treat patients with PLANTAR FASCITIS in San Antonio, TX. Healthy, happy feet are only a click or call away. Call Dr. Kathren McCarty at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery today for a consultation appointment; (210) 696-9000
Plantar fasciitis or heel-spur syndrome is a common problem. It starts as a dull intermittent pain in the heel which may progress to a sharp persistent pain. Classically, it is worse in the morning with the first few steps or when standing after a period of rest. These symptoms may vary. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous material on the bottom of the foot. Tension across the inflexible plantar fascia (such as in running) causes an overload that produces an inflammation and pain usually at the point where the fascia is attached to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis may occur with or without a heel spur. The heel spurs do not cause the heel pain and they are not the initial cause of the problem.
Since it is difficult to rest the foot, the problem gradually becomes worse because the condition is aggravated with every step. Plantar fascia injury may also occur at midsole or near the toes.
What treatment is available for plantar fascitis?
Improvement may take longer than expected, especially if the condition has been present for a long time. To aid recovery, loss of excess weight, good shoes and sedentary activities all help the injury to heal. You should return to full activity gradually.
If your foot is too painful, rest it and ice the area. Anti-inflammatory medicines, orthotics, physical therapy, night splints, taping, and heel pads may all also relieve pain and reduce inflammation. If no pain relief has occurred after two or three months, however, an injection of either cortisone and/or local anesthetic directly into the tender area may be considered. Surgical treatment of plantar fasciitis is rarely needed. It would be considered only if all forms of conservative treatment fail and if the pain is still incapacitating after treatment. Recovery from plantar fasciotomy often requires about 2 weeks of limited activity. Walking with an orthotic and physical therapy is also used postoperatively.
The professional staff at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery in San Antonio, Texas along with Dr. McCarty, will evaluate your personal injury and will follow you through to your full recovery, ensuring your health and prevention of future injury.
Call Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery today for a consultation appointment; (210) 696-9000