This is an injection of medication given directly into the heel to help relieve pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It happens when there is structural damage and/or inflammation in a tight band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia). The plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone. It helps maintain the arch in your foot.
A plantar fascia injection delivers medicine directly into the plantar fascia to ease heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by an injury to the plantar fascia. Overuse, such as with running, jogging or prolonged standing are often to blame. The following increases your risk:
The heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is typically worse when you first get up. It may subside after you have walked for a while, but return later or worsen with prolonged standing, walking or running. The pain may also be worse at the beginning of a workout, but slowly diminish as you exercise. If you have heel pain, discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider.Treatment options may include:
If there is no improvement after several weeks, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection. Typically, the plantar fascia is injected from the inner side of the heel. This helps to decrease the pain and chance of injury to the heel's fat pad.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have pain in your heel(s).
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider before having a plantar fascia injection.
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects). Remember to arrange for transportation to and from the office.
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