- Rest, Ice and Over-the-counter Medication – For patients who are not suffering from a chronic case of plantar fasciitis, a simple regimen of rest, ice, and over-the-counter medication may be enough to relieve pain. Limit activities that may be causing the pain, apply ice to the heel for 20 minutes three to four times per day, and take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as directed.
- Stretching and/or Night Splints – Regular stretching, especially first thing in the morning, can help to gradually relieve symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis. Night splints stretch the calf and arch of the foot during sleep in order to reduce pain first thing in the morning, when it tends to be strongest.
- Orthotics – Over-the-counter or professionally fitted heel cushions and arch supports can help to distribute pressure more evenly to your entire foot and make walking less painful.
- Physical Therapy – Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis may include instruction on exercises to the stretch the plantar fascia and strengthen lower leg muscles.
- Cortisone Injections – Temporary pain relief can be achieved by injecting medication directly into the heel. However, cortisone injections aren’t recommended as a long-term solution.
- Tenex Health – Plantar fasciitis treatment with Tenex Health
- Gastrocnemius Recession – For chronic cases that have not responded to minimally invasive plantar fasciitis treatments, this procedure surgically lengthens the calf muscles. The recovery period is long, and may take as much as 8-12 months to walk normally.
- Plantar Fascia Release – For chronic cases that have not responded to minimally invasive treatments, this procedure partially cuts the plantar fascia in order to relieve tension. Normal weight bearing activities may begin 2-3 after surgery on average.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment with Tenex Health TX™
Tenex Health TX™ combines ultrasound imaging with the advanced TX MicroTip™ to heal chronic pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Ultrasound guidance allows the interventional radiologist to for pinpoint the exact location of the damaged tendon tissue and the TX MicroTip™ is used to cut, break down and extract the damaged tissue and stimulate a healing response. Surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed. Tenex Health TX™ provides offers many benefits over surgery including a faster recovery period, no sutures or stitches, and no need to undergo general anesthesia. To learn more about Tenex Health TX ™ and whether you are a candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation with Minneapolis Vein Center by calling 763-398-8710.