Patients with plantar fasciitis benefit from the podiatry expertise of Dr. Wayne Hurst. He's board certified and possesses a medical degree from Dr. W.M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He serves the Austin, TX area while practicing at Foot Specialists of Austin, Cedar Park, and Georgetown.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes pain in the heel. It affects the tissue of the heel known as the plantar fascia. Usually, the pain decreases throughout the day and worsens when a person sits or stands for prolonged periods of time. Runners, those who are overweight, and those who wear unsupportive shoes are most at risk for this condition. Patients who develop plantar fasciitis tend to have pain and inflammation. It may extend from the heel bone to the toes since the plantar fascia extends that far.
The process begins with the doctor asking the patient several questions regarding when the pain occurs, as well as the amount of time the patient spends on his or her feet. Usually, Dr. Hurst diagnoses the problems by merely examining the foot and checking for tender spots. In some instances, he may order imaging to rule out the possibility of a pinched nerve or fracture.
Invasive procedures, such as surgery, usually aren't necessary. The doctor will prescribe a pain medication, either over-the-counter or prescription. He may begin the patient on a physical therapy regimen. A night splint or orthotics may help the problem as well. When all else fails, Dr. Hurst may perform surgery on the plantar fascia to remove it from the heel bone. This is done in extreme cases. Dr. Hurst provides the procedures on an outpatient basis.
Generally, the area heals in about six weeks. The person may have some difficulty getting around in the meantime.
The side effects include pain and swelling around the site. Infection is possible with any surgery. The patient may experience weakening of the arch once Dr. Hurst removes the tissue from the heel.
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"I can't thank you enough for the quality of care, as well as the improvement with the foot injection! You are a rock star!"
"Dr. Hurst was very kind and extremely knowledgeable when it came to my foot pain. I would recommend that if you are in pain, go see Dr Hurst and his wonderful team."
"You're treated like an old friend right down to the hug you get. Most importantly, the results seem to be working."
"Dr. Hurst is truly a Specialist in his field and I would not ever again consider anyone else taking care of my foot problems."