You simply step out of bed in the morning and then it's… heel pain, again! Or perhaps, the bottom of your foot shouts out in pain, as you walk up or down a flight of stairs. Unfortunately, you may be suffering with plantar fasciitis - along with 2 million other Americans. The number one cause of foot pain is plantar fasciitis, but luckily, there is help and hope for plantar fasciitis symptoms.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia (a flat band of tissue along the bottom of the foot), which connects the heel bone to the toes. As the foot moves, the plantar fascia ligament will loosen and contract - similar to a rubber band that stretches. It supports the arch of the foot when carrying the weight of the body - just like a shock absorber. If the plantar fascia becomes strained, then swelling, inflammation or tenderness may result. In addition, tiny tears can occur in the tissue, which often leads to pain in the heel or bottom of the foot, especially while walking or standing.
There are many factors or causes of plantar fasciitis. These include:
Overdoing physical activity or exercise
Long periods of standing (especially on a hard surface)
Faulty foot mechanics (high arches, flat feet)
Shrinkage of the foot pad due to aging
What should you do when you are seeking plantar fasciitis relief? Well, there are many options for plantar fasciitis treatment. However, the first step is an accurate diagnosis. At Kessel Wellness Center NYC, a plantar fasciitis diagnosis is based upon:
Description of pain
Lifestyle - sports and activity participation
Structural and Muscular Evaluation
Once a diagnosis is made, a customized plantar fasciitis treatment program can be created to restore structural, muscular and chemical imbalances. This may include Chiropractic Care, Rehabilitation with plantar fasciitis exercises, Therapeutic Massage and/or Nutritional Support.
Rehabilitation: The focus is on pain relief, healing, restoring function and movement and to improve body mechanics. Patients learn proper stretching and strengthening exercises. Additional treatment options may include assistive devices and orthotics.
Chiropractic: Soft tissue techniques increase flexibility of the calf muscles, correcting functional risk factors - such as tightness of the gastroc muscles and/or soleus muscles, and weakness of the intrinsic foot muscles. Other treatment options include Physical Manipulation, which allow joints to be directly adjusted - reducing pain and stiffness, Trigger Point Therapy, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, Heat Therapy and Cold Therapy.
Therapeutic Massage: Speeds recovery from injuries, especially when integrated with chiropractic care. Additionally, it helps to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.
Nutritional Support: Proper nutrition and supplementation - fuel for the body, are essential for a speedy recovery.
Lifestyle Recommendations: It is necessary to change or modify activities that cause pain, modify the home and work areas, maintain proper posture while standing, sitting or sleeping and wear comfortable and supportive shoes, when seeking plantar fasciitis relief.