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Barack Obama is general known for having a clean bill of health thanks to a healthy, active lifestyle. However, that does not mean Obama has diplomatic immunity from foot and ankle conditions. According to the NY Times, President Obama contends with pain in his right foot. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, President Obama’s physician, says that Obama’s pain is said to be consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis”.

Chronic plantar fasciitis occurs often middle aged people because of feet that are overworked. With Obama at 52 years of age and constantly on his feet, it comes as no surprise. Fortunately, Obama is in picture perfect health otherwise, including refraining from smoking.

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful. If you have heel pain, visit Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salamacan treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

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, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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