Podiatrist Gordon Yun, DPM, Details Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

(CINCINNATI; August XX, 2014) – The feet are the workhorses of the body, carrying our loads and allowing us to move on a daily basis. Chances are many of us never pay our feet much mind – that is, until something goes wrong and we are desperate to return our feet to good working order.

“Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot ailments and it will make you take notice of your feet,” says podiatrist Gordon Yun, DPM, a foot and ankle specialist with Mercy Health – Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine.

A strained ligament – the plantar fascia, which connects the heel to the toes and supports the arch – is the cause of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can cause sharp, violent pain at the bottom of the heel or the arch, usually with activity or when getting out of bed or getting up from a sitting position.

“This is a classic overuse injury. A high level of activity, being overweight, having high arches or flat feet, standing for long hours at a time, wearing ill-fitting or worn shoes or having tight calves or Achilles muscles can all strain the ligament that supports the arch,” says Dr. Yun. “Plantar fasciitis can impact anyone.”

Many of the treatments sufferers turn to will help reduce the symptoms of plantar fasciitis but not cure the underlying issue.

“For symptom relief, by all means, rest, ice, massage and elevate the foot. Take occasional anti-inflammatories for a short time. Make sure you support the arch properly and not with a heel cup, which can cause further strain,” says Dr. Yun. “However, the only thing that will heal plantar fasciitis is staying off your feet for three to six weeks. Once this condition starts, it will not heal if you don’t rest and don’t change the things that led to it in the first place. The longer you wait, the longer it will take your plantar fasciitis to heal.” 

Staying off our feet for any period of time is tough and Dr. Yun notes that a medical knee scooter, crutches or even temporary use of a wheelchair can give patients the mobility they need while resting the foot.

Usually, time off the foot will heal the condition but Dr. Yun notes that stubborn cases may require physical therapy, a stronger steroid anti-inflammatory and maybe a cortisone shot. He works stretching into a patient’s recovery but notes that the timing is important so the patient doesn’t further hurt the foot.

He recommends that people take preventive measures to keep from developing plantar fasciitis again or from developing it in the first place.

“Maintain a healthy weight, have good arch support in your shoes, increase your activity levels slowly and if you have tight muscles, increase your flexibility with calf muscle stretches,” says Dr. Yun.

Dr. Yun practices from Mercy Health – Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine in Anderson Township, Blue Ash, Eastgate and West Chester and is part of Mercy Health’s Dream Team of orthopaedic specialists. To find out more about Dr. Yun or to make an appointment with him, please call 513-943-3630 – confirming with Mario.

Mercy Health Physicians, as well as physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and locations of Mercy Health – Cincinnati SportsMedicine & Orthopaedic Center (CSMOC) and a partnership with Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, comprise The Dream Team. The Dream Team includes 35 doctors practicing from 15 locations in neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Returning every patient to normal function as quickly, compassionately and safely as possible is the goal of Mercy Health’s Orthopaedics, Spine and Sports Medicine team. Together with physical therapists and athletic trainers, they provide comprehensive orthopaedic care for the foot and ankle, hand, wrist and elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, neck, back, joint replacement and sports-related concussion.

You can meet the team, learn more about their areas of specialty and find their office locations by visiting http://e-mercy.com/orthopaedics-sports-medicine.aspx. To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit http://www.e-mercy.com/physicians.asp or call 513-981-2222.