Suffering from frequent foot pain? You're not alone. Nearly one in six Americans suffers from foot pain, and women are nine times more likely to develop a foot condition due to wearing improperly fitted shoes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain, affecting the thick band of tissue – called plantar fascia – that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the plantar fascia normally supports the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber. When tension on the fascia becomes too great, small tears can develop, leading to inflammation and pain. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot near the heel, which can become worse after a long walk.
Risk factors for the condition include being overweight, having flat feet or a high arch, and engaging in activities that place a lot of stress on the heel, such as long-distance running.
Most patients who develop plantar fasciitis can recover in a short period of time with conservative, nonsurgical treatments, including over-the-counter pain relievers and stretching and strengthening exercises.
However, approximately 10 percent of patients can develop chronic plantar fasciitis, which causes more severe and potentially disabling pain. For chronic pain due to plantar fasciitis, surgery may be necessary.
Iconic actor Lou Ferrigno, a chronic plantar fasciitis sufferer, joins The Doctors to share his results after undergoing a new, minimally invasive procedure called Tenex Health TX. Lou’s doctor, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Timothy Davis, explains that the cutting-edge procedure involves inserting a thin needle through a small incision and removing scar tissue from the plantar fascia. Lou says that after undergoing the treatment, he no longer experiences the debilitating pain that had been impacting his life for years.