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Top 10 Dos and Don’ts of Plantar Fasciitis: Insights from Dr. Staschiak

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Plantar fasciitis is a common yet debilitating condition that affects many individuals, causing significant heel pain. Dr. Staschiak from the Hill Pain Wellness Center of America offers expert advice on managing this condition. Here are the top ten dos and don’ts for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, as outlined by Dr. Staschiak.

The Don’ts

1. Avoid Anti-Inflammatories According to Dr. Staschiak, the plantar fascial band of tissue is not inflamed but calcified. Using anti-inflammatories can actually slow down the healing process, making it counterproductive.

2. No Ice Ice reduces blood flow, which is detrimental because “the bands of tissue are already starving for blood flow,” explains Dr. Staschiak. This further delays the healing.

3. No Hard Rigid Orthotics Walking on hard, rigid inserts can exacerbate the pain in an already hurting heel. Instead, opt for more accommodative, soft, cushiony shoes until the heel is pain-free.

4. Avoid Going Barefoot While barefoot walking can be beneficial once healed, it is advised against during the recovery phase. Dr. Staschiak suggests using shoes with good cushioning and support to aid healing.

5. No High-Impact Activities High-impact activities, such as running on treadmills, should be avoided. Dr. Staschiak notes, “It’s just constant repetitive heel strike,” which can aggravate the condition. Opt for low-impact activities that do not worsen the pain.

6. No Steroid Injections Steroid injections can weaken the insertion point and potentially cause the tissue to rupture spontaneously. This can lead to more severe complications and should be avoided.

The Dos

1. Stretching Regularly Stretching is crucial. Dr. Staschiak recommends the towel stretch and wall stretch, emphasizing to “stretch every morning before you get out of bed and last thing at night.” Regular stretching keeps tissues flexible and aids in recovery.

2. Wear Supportive Shoes Supportive, accommodative inserts, which means soft, cushiony inserts, help alleviate pressure points on the bottom of the heel. This support is vital until complete healing occurs.

3. Adjust Activity Levels Dr. Staschiak advises patients to “slow down your level of activity and start to increase over a period of a few months.” Gradual increases in activity levels should align with improvements in the condition.

4. Consider Ortho Trippy If conservative options are exhausted and surgery seems inevitable, Dr. Staschiak recommends Ortho Trippy, stating, “One in-office treatment can bring back the flexibility and life to the plantar fascial band of tissue without surgery.” This non-surgical option allows patients to resume normal activities quickly, typically needing no time off work.

By adhering to these expert guidelines, individuals suffering from plantar fasciitis can effectively manage their symptoms and enhance their recovery process. For additional information and resources, visit healpainwellnesscenter.com.

For those in need of specialized care, the Heel Pain Wellness Center of America provides comprehensive services, including Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Lewis Center, Ohio, to help patients achieve lasting relief from plantar fasciitis.

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