Chronic plantar fasciitis symptoms make it difficult to walk or even to get out of bed in the morning, and finding relief is a necessity. Rehabilitation can be slow to relieve heel pain. Causes of plantar fasciitis symptoms should always be addressed, but when you need pain relief you might consider turning to injections that can help to alleviate the agony and make it possible for you to use your heels again.
Cortisone injections, commonly used by athletes and other pain-sufferers, help relieve the inflammation that contributes to painful plantar fasciitis symptoms. Cortisone is very effective for treating pain, but you have to space out injection times and receive the drug sparingly.
Cortisone vs. Platelet-rich plasma
A study comparing heel pain relief shows that platelet-rich plasma offers longer-lasting pain relief when compared to cortisone injections. The study involved 36 patients suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis symptoms. These patients received little to no relief from their pain through nonoperative treatments. One group received cortisone shots, the other injections of platelet-rich plasma, directly at the site of their heel pain.
The first group, which had an average age of 59 years, experienced pain relief from their plantar fasciitis symptoms for a much shorter period of time than those who received the plasma shots. The group who received platelet-rich plasma saw their relief last for months longer than those who got only cortisone injections.
Relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms
Heel pain causes people to change their daily routines, preventing exercise and even normal everyday activity. Don’t rush right into pain-relieving shots to get rid of heel pain. Causes of your plantar fasciitis symptoms are what you should focus on addressing first. Use custom orthotics or cushioning shoe inserts to support and soften your steps, and avoid footwear that only makes the pain worse. High heels, sandals and mules are all bad for your feet.
Stretching and massage are also very effective for treating heel pain and preventing plantar fasciitis symptoms. Talk to a physical therapist to learn appropriate stretching exercises that strengthen the ligaments and tendons in the legs, alleviating heel pain.
When the traditional treatments don’t work, you might want to consider receiving injections. But remember that pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. It’s a built-in warning system that something has to change. You can’t rely on injections to provide permanent relief for plantar fasciitis symptoms. After traditional treatments have been exhausted, you should consult with your physician about having surgery to relieve your pain.
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