Jenny is an athlete – a marathon runner – and her chronic plantar fasciitis caused severe pain from her heel through her arch. Her plantar fascia tendon had developed tendinitis, causing pain with every step. She tried to push through it, but eventually had to reduce her training to a very minimal schedule.
Her podiatrist’s first treatment method was to inject the plantar fascia with cortisone to reduce the inflammation. This is a typical first approach, and is frequently successful. The inflammation in the tendon is reduced by the cortisone, allowing the tendon to heal. Unfortunately for Jenny, the heel and arch pain returned after only a few weeks.
The second step in Jenny’s treatment was a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection. At first, the PRP treatment reduced her pain considerably, but her tendon didn’t respond as her doctor had hoped, and her pain returned once again.
Jenny and her doctor then chose the FAST Technique to relieve her heel pain.
In her words, the procedure was “seamless”. She had no pain at all during or after the very short procedure and her plantar fasciitis is now completely gone. Jenny has resumed her normal training schedule and is delighted that she can get back to her pre-pain level of activity.
The FAST Technique is a remarkable improvement for treating heel pain and has been found to be 95% effective in eliminating chronic pain resulting from tendinitis or tendinosis. East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates is the only podiatry practice in the Lehigh Valley to offer this innovative approach to relieving heel pain.
Watch Jenny tell her story: