Plantar Fasciitis – What is it and how to Treat it?

I’ve had many clients complain of pain in their feet, particularly in the heel. One client had pain for over a year and went through injections, boots, and acupuncture. She was getting more and more debilitated. She couldn’t get out of bed, walking was excruciating and she could take about 70 steps, and she started gaining weight. She used to be a runner and now she felt she couldn’t move like she once did and she felt weak and her balance was off.

Plantar Fasciitis Wellness Rehab

Does this sound like you or someone you know?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

This client had plantar fasciitis. Plantar ( the bottom of the foot) fasciitis (fascia is connective tissue surrounding organs and muscles) is an inflammation of this structure caused by:

– ramping up activity level quickly

– wearing old shoes that no longer support you (should be changed yearly)

– wearing new shoes that don’t fit your foot mechanics or that you immediately overused

– poor mechanics in gait

– overstretching the tissue where it inserts into the heel due usually overpronation

– walking on a different type of surface than you are used to

Treatment

The root cause of the injury has to be taken into account to plan a course of treatment. Just dealing with the symptoms, like taking ibuprofen, only gives you a quick fix.

The reason for the injury has to be addressed for the problem to resolve and resolve permanently so there is no recurrence. If you don’t change what caused the injury to begin with, no amount of ibuprofen or cortisone is going to eliminate the pain. Once the pain medication wears off, the problem is still there.

First and foremost is correcting the alignment in your foot and up the chain into your body. This then will change your mechanics in gait so you don’t keep straining the same tissues.

Strengthening is next. This will actually happen naturally as your alignment becomes more balanced. You begin to use muscles that were not being activated, so it then lessens the strain on the overused ones. Then you can progress the strengthening of the underused muscles with specific exercises that are more effective.

Finally you can get into some plyometrics once you are strong enough and have a good sense of where your alignment is to balance out the body. Plyometrics are getting more into the functional activities that you participate in, like dancing or running. Even with plyometrics, we work gradually into the activity. You don’t want to go right into running 10 miles or taking an advanced 2 hour dance class.

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To Your Health,

Cynthia

Cynthia Weiss

We Help Women To Increase Their Confidence In Achieving Their Goals Of Having An Independent & Mobile Lifestyle Without The Use Of Pain Medications Or Surgery.

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