Conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. Treatment can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms get better. Most patients will be better in 9 months.
Initial treatment usually consists of:
Heel stretching exercises
To relieve plantar fasciitis:
Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 - 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.
Rest as much as possible for at least a week.
Take acetamin for pain or ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
Try wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or an orthotic device.
Use night splints to stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal.
Wear properly fitting shoes.
If these fail, putting the affected foot in a short leg cast (a cast up to but not above the knee) for 3 - 6 weeks is often successful in reducing pain and inflammation. Alternatively, a cast boot (which looks l...
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Most people who experience “sciatica” are really experiencing the shooting, searing sensation of neurogenic pain (pain coming from a nerve) as discussed in the previous article, “Sciatica: What is it?” As mentioned, nerve pain can affect both the arms and legs depending on whether the pinched nerve is in the neck or low back. When a nerve is pinched by a herniated disc, the nerve becomes inflamed. Thus, the most potent anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, are used to control the inflammation around the nerve and stop the nerve pain. These steroids are placed next to the nerve by a procedure called an epidural steroid injection (ESI). For the past 50 years, millions of dollars have been spent on epidurals despite the fact that these injections do not cure the problem. ESI’s only temporarily provide symptom relief for nerve pain. Sally, a young woman who has just herniated a disc, still has burning pain that goes all the way down her leg. Relentlessly, ...
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