Plantar Fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch of your foot. This ligament experiences a lot of wear and tear in your daily life, and too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligament. This damage causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps after you wake up in the morning. As you continue to move around, the pain can decrease. However, it can also return after long periods of standing.
At Whole Body Healthcare, located in Baltimore, Maryland, we use Trigger Point Injections to help treat Plantar Fasciitis. A Trigger Point Injection is a small needle which contains lidocaine and saline. The volume of the saline is what bursts the trigger point, relieving stress from the muscles and allowing your body to work more effectively.
While a common treatment option is a prescription pain killer, this only treats the effects of the Plantar Fasciitis, not the Plantar Fasciitis itself. A physical therapy regime is a great way to treat the cause of the pain. Learning a series of stretching, as well as how to apply athletic tape to support the bottom of your foot are great ways to resolve discomfort of Plantar Fasciitis.
Author Davida Rutstein, CRNP Davida Rutstein graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science and Nursing from Towson University in 2010. Her career as an RN led her in various directions of patient care, including ICU, orthopedics, rheumatology, pediatrics, GYN, and mental health. Davida furthered her nursing career by obtaining a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama in 2018. Davida is now an AANC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with several years of orthopedic and pain management experience, specializing in foot and ankle disorders. Davida is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama. Davida finds fulfillment in assisting her patients progress and grow. She strives to do her best to help them achieve their goals and advance their health. In her spare time, Davida enjoys family life with her husband and two children. Between working, school, extracurriculars, and weekend activities, Davida manages to stay quite busy outside of the practice.