What causes plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can occur if there is lack of arch support, repetitive use such as running or other sports, lack of stretching, improper footwear, obesity, tightened calf muscles, new or increased physical activity, or high arches. Age can be an important factor as well because the plantar fascia loses elasticity as we get older, which make inflammation and irritation more likely. About half of those with plantar fasciitis will also have a heel spur which is bony projection coming off of the heel. Typically heel spurs do not cause plantar fasciitis but the tissues around the bone spur may become inflamed and cause pain.
How is it diagnosed?
Your medical provider will listen to your symptoms and do an examination which will include looking for the risk factors for plantar fasciitis. They will also look at how your lower leg moves, areas of tenderness, or signs of other conditions that may present like plantar fasciitis. Your medical provider may take an X-ray or get an MRI of your foot if the symptoms are severe enough. MRI or X-rays can also rule out other possible causes such as stress fractures or heel fat pad loss.
What are my treatment options?
Plantar fasciitis is typically treated conservatively but may take weeks to months to improve. Limiting activities that irritate the plantar fascia can improve symptoms but you don’t want to stop exercising completely as this can worsen the symptoms. It may be recommended to substitute higher impact activities such as running or jogging with lesser impact exercises such swimming or bicycling. Conservative Plantar fasciitis treatments in Bradenton may include a wide range of therapies such as rest, ice, physical rehabilitation, graston therapy, K-laser treatment, supportive shoes or orthotics, or night splints. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Aleve, or Naproxen may be recommended. If these conservative measures are not effective there may be other options such as injections. Steroids are the most common but have many side effects including increased risk of plantar fascia rupture or heel fat pad atrophy. Platelet rich plasma injections or even stem cell therapy is a viable option for those that do not want to risk the side effects of steroids. Platelet Rich Plasma or Stem Cell therapy can provide anti-inflammatory and regenerative benefits for the plantar fascia without the risk of rupture or heel pad atrophy. However, treatment always begins with the proper assessment of your condition.
The benefits of using Synergy Medical for you Auto Accident Medical Care
Same Day or Next day Appointments
While you may not need an Emergency Room visit or simply don’t want the hassle of a long waiting time, Synergy Medical specializes in post-accident evaluations and can typically see you the same day. Injuries sustained in an auto accident require prompt attention; this is especially true in Florida where you only have 14 days to seek treatment for your auto accident injuries to obtain benefits from your insurance. Same day appointments also mean that you’re on the path to feeling better quicker.
Multiple Services in One Place
There are many techniques that help with healing and recovery from an auto injury. At Synergy Medical, we offer physical therapy and rehabilitation, on-site X-rays, chiropractic care, trigger point injections, joint or spinal injections, and more. So whether you are suffering from whiplash, muscle pain, low back pain, headaches, neck pain, sore joints, disc issues, or nerve pain, Synergy Medical has treatment options for you.
We Focus on More than Just Neck or Back Pain
Many auto injury clinics just look at your neck and back but at Synergy Medical, we look for all injuries. Concussions, Hip injuries, headaches, knee injuries, and arm or wrist injuries are common after a car accident. It is imperative that these conditions get the appropriate treatment along with any neck or back injuries.
What to expect from Synergy Medical’s Auto Injury Care
Our medical provider will review the details of the accident, initial and current symptoms, full medical and surgical history, current medications, and previous treatments. A full head to toe examination will be performed with a focused examination on any injured areas. Range of motion and orthopedic examination will be completed on the neck, mid back, or low back as well as any other joint that has been affected by the accident.
After you see our medical provider, they may order X-rays or other imaging studies to show if there are any fractures, dislocations, or other structural issues that were caused by the accident. X-rays can be done on site the same day and typically MRIs or CT scans can be done by the local imaging centers within 24-48 hours.
After your examination and imaging studies, a treatment plan will be designed with your particular injuries in mind. Treatment may include physical rehabilitation, TENS therapy, K-Laser treatment, trigger point injections, joint injections, supplements,
Typically, you will see the medical provider every 2-4 weeks depending on your symptoms for a follow up examination. As you progress through your treatment plan, symptoms may change and warrant an examination with an orthopedic surgeon, pain management, neurologist, or even neurosurgeon. We are able to facilitate those through our extensive referral relationships with the best specialists in the area.
For auto accidents in the state of Florida, your auto insurance will cover the cost of your injury treatment as long as you seek medical care within 14 days following the accident. Due to this time limitation, it is important that you contact our office as soon as possible after your accident.