12 Mar 2014 - 06:14:10 am
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
You doctor or podiatrist can help you discover the cause of your condition. After the cause has been determined, your doctor will advise you on the best plantar fasciitis pain therapy. Most of the time, plantar fasciitis pain therapy is easily conducted at home with exercise, rest and relaxation. Sometimes staying off your feet for a given amount of time is the best form of plantar fasciitis pain therapy. Other times, a doctor may tell you to apply tape across the plantar fascia located just in front of the heel where the arch begins to allow the inflammation to subside and the foot to heal correctly.
The mechanical structure of your feet and the manner in which the different segments of your feet are linked together and joined with your legs has a major impact on their function and on the development of mechanically caused problems. Merely having "flat feet" won't take the spring out of your step, but having badly functioning feet with poor bone alignment will adversely affect the muscles, ligaments, and tendons and can create a variety of aches and pains. Excess pronation can cause the arch of your foot to stretch excessively with each step. This "hypermobility" may cause other bones to shift and cause other mechanically induced problems.
How a shoe fits is crucial. Wearing small shoes may aggravate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis When choosing shoes or trying on shoes that have been purchaed and delivered online, patients should ensure they do so in the afternoon or evening. This is because as the day progresses, feet swell and become slightly bigger than they are first thing in the morning. Furthermore, one foot is often slightly larger than the other. If this is the case, patients should check for proper fitting on the larger foot. It is better for shoes to be slightly too large (on the smaller foot) than vice versa.
Heel pain is common complaint in runners. Actually, heel pain is common in all people. 40% of all visits to podiatrists in the U.S. are because of heel pain. Of all of the different causes of heel pain, the vast majority is due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation in the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the toes. This condition is most often caused by a tight achilles tendon or poor foot structure such as overly flat feet or high arches.
Pain from plantar fasciitis can cause sharp pain on the bottom of the foot and can affect quality of life in many people. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine states that heel pain is the most common complaint to podiatric practitioners throughout the country. According to the National Library of Medicine, treatments for heel pain include rest, medicines, exercises and taping. They also mention that surgery is rarely needed in cases of heel pain caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis. Some exercises can be performed at home without a lot of equipment and can help with the symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis. Anatomy
To make a custom splint, a therapist, podiatrist or physician molds a hard plastic splint to each patient's leg and foot. The splint covers the posterior part of the leg and the sole of the foot. It is fastened around the leg and foot by Velcro straps. The splints can be made to control abnormal foot motion since they are fit closely to the leg with minimal or no padding. Because each splint is unique, they can cost more than a commercial off-the-shelf splint. The splints are not designed for walking.
Of all the hours I spent reading and researching a plantar fasciitis cure or remedy, my lightbulb moment came by surprise. In the As Seen on TV section of a store I saw Yoga Toes. Yoga Toes is a small bubbled ladder that goes between your toes to stretch out the ligaments and tendons in your foot side to side. But it was $30. So I wondered if I could think of something else that would stretch out my feet in the same way but cheaper. Then I thought of the foam pedicure toe separators. They were only $1 a pair.
Stand barefoot, with your feet hip-width apart and with your left foot in a slightly forward position - two to three inches ahead of your right foot. The bottoms of the toes of your left foot should be in contact with a wall in front of you (the wall should be creating a forced dorsiflexion of the toes, so that the sole of the left foot is on the ground but the toes are on the wall), and your left knee should be bent slightly. Keep your weight evenly distributed between your right and left foot to start the exercise (see note below).
The Achilles tendon is a group of tissues that connect the heel bone to your calf muscles. When these are inflamed, you have Achilles tendonitis. The plantar fascia is also a group of tissues; but, this links the toes to your heel. Home remedies work well for both the conditions. The treatment of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are almost the same. When ice packs and stretching exercises don't work for plantar fasciitis, it may be advisable for you to visit a podiatrist. A new therapy called ESWT or 'Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy' is recommended. The therapy may take about 4 months for complete cure.
I then begin to send healing energy to the affected area of pain, in this case the heel of your foot. I send the energy for about 20 minutes and then ask you for your pain level again. Most of my client notice a pain reduction anywhere from 20-30% in the first twenty minutes. We repeat this process another two times in the course of the hour healing session until the pain level is zero or greatly reduced to a much more comfortable level. Some people may need two or three sessions to experience complete relief.