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Dr. Tyler Kearney - Arch Supports

In today’s Brazos Valley Physicians Organization Journal of Medicine report Dr Tyler Kearney talks about foot pain.

"Heel pain is one of the most common things we see come in our office and the majority of people that have this heel pain are going to have something called plantar fasciitis.

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. It has two purposes: it supports the arch and also makes the foot rigid through the propulsion phase of walking.

What happens is it gets inflamed right where it attaches to the heel bone and this causes pain in this area. When we’re treating this we have two main things that we need to do: the first thing is we need to knock out the inflammation in that area. The best way to do that is through icing or oral medications. The other thing is we can also put an injection of steroids directly into the area of inflammation.

The second modalities that we need to do is to actually relax the fascia and rest it. We usually recommend some sort of arch support for that. You really need to find one that has a hard plastic shell so that it’s really going to support the arch. The other option is that we can actually make custom molded arch supports."

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