What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot. A thickening or tightness of the muscles of the calf such as the Gastrocnemius Muscle and Soleus can pull into the plantar fascia, causing irritation, arch pain and heel pain.
Many people are affected by this condition annually and pain is usually described as a sharp stabbing pain, worse with the first few steps in the morning or anytime they have been sitting for a longer period of time.
Plantar Fasciitis Signs and Symptoms
- Heel pain mostly under the heel.
- Pain worse in the mornings or upon waking up.
- Pain worse upon standing after a period of sitting (as little as 10 minutes).
- Pain improves with walking and mobility.
- Pain improves with stretching and mobilization targeting the plantar fascia.
Common Causes of Plantar Fascia Pain
There are many factors that can cause plantar fasciitis. Here we will review some common causes
Improper Shoe Wear
In many instances, improper shoes that have a narrow toe box, are too tight or heels can place abnormal demands on our feet and not allow our feet bones to articulate in their natural way. Stress on our feet joints combined with over engagement of the Achilles Tendon and our calves muscles may be one reason for development of plantar fasciitis.
Prolonged Standing or Walking
Our feet support our full body weight in upright and standing. In individuals that undergo prolonged standing and walking on a daily basis with minimal rest, especially when combined with improper shoe wear, the risk of developing plantar fasciitis increases.
Types of Walking Surfaces
Uneven surfaces such as walking on a rocky beach or running an uneven terrain places abnormal loads through our feet bones and stresses the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia. When combined with other risk factors such as physically demanding jobs and improper shoe wear, the risks of developing PF can increase.
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Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
There are different treatments available for plantar fasciitis and inflammation of the foot which cause heel pain.
Some of the plantar fasciitis treatments include:
Our Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
At Fulcrum Therapy, we offer many tools and services that we can recommend based on your specific evaluation results and diagnosis. Based on our experience, it is best to have a proper evaluation of your feet to determine which therapy is the best option for you.
Sometimes, it may be beneficial to combine therapy options for maximal results if it is medically warranted. If you have any questions, reach out to our chiropractors, Dr. Kimiya and Dr. Amber, or any of our physiotherapists for a full evaluation and recommendation as to how we can help with your foot pain and help you get back to doing the things you love to do.
Fulcrum Therapy pain relief clinic is located at 103-1112 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, BC and you can simply reach us in person or through 604-917-0777. Our practitioners would be glad to provide you with proper plantar fasciitis treatments.
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In Case You Want to Read More About Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a common and often painful foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes.