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Plantar Fasciitis (heel spur)

Plantar fasciities or heel spur syndrome is one of the most common presenting complaints that Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists treat. It is the result of an increased demand for the plantar fascia to stretch, compared to its ability to do so. This results in acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia in and around the bottom of the heel. As the process continues a heel may develop. Interestingly enough it is not the actual spur that causes the pain, therefore approximately 90% of our patients achieve complete relief utilizing conservative treatment. Only 10% of our patients require surgical intervention.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly seen as an overuse injury in our athletic population but may also be a result of work-related demands. The paradigm of treatment consists of appropriate orthotic and shoe gear recommendations, stretching of the Achilles tendon, and resolution of the inflammatory process.

Individuals with plantar fasciitis that do not respond to conservative therapy may be a candidate for surgical evaluation. Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists utilizes endoscopic plantar fascial release in combination with lengthening of the Achilles tendon complex when necessary.

We also utilize physical therapy modalities and evaluation, and work with our patients in obtaining the correct work-related and athletic shoe gear.

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