Baseball Player Carlos Ruiz Plays Despite his Plantar Fasciitis

On Wednesday Carlos Ruiz was seen in the visitors’ clubhouse at National’s Park, tending to his plantar fasciitis in his left foot.  Ruiz has been playing in and out of the line-up, taking appropriate measures not to inflict more injury on his left foot. The team has been talking about the idea of moving Ruiz to third base next season.

Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry is an expert when it comes to complications with Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis and other foot disorders can cause disruptions to your everyday lifestyle. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you should seek the help of Dr. Tarr.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, known as the plantar fascia.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Over-pronation
     

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.
     

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices at Sudbury, MA or Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.                                                      

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