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A study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology found that 80% of patients had complete relief from plantar fasciitis pain following a standard radiation treatment. Radiation treatment has been used for almost sixty years to treat pain, but its mechanism of action is unknown, and some believed it functions as a placebo. But this study proves that “radiation therapy yields important pain relief in patients... and this could be proven at a high level of evidence for the first time.”

Plantar fasciitis, the condition mentioned in the study, is a common source of foot pain in many patients. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor East Bay, who can examine your injury and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

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.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Overpronation

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 about RA, please feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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