Plantar fasciitis is often described as heel pain, which is felt when first rising in the morning and dissipates as the day progresses. It is a common problem that can have a variety of causes including flat feet, high arches, excessive running or even due to increased physical activity.
These symptoms and other issues as well can cause the plantar fascia – the later f the soft tissue on the undersurface of the foot to become inflamed. The plantar fascia originates at the bottom of the heel which is the most typical location to be found.
It is best to treat Plantar Fasciitis as soon as possible. In some cases, the pain may go away by the end of the day – this does not mean that the condition has resolved itself. Reasons for the pain disappearing could be because walking throughout the day provides a mild stretch which can also temporarily reduce inflammation.
If left untreated – the inflamed plantar fascia will continue to tighten and tug at the heel which can ultimately lead to underlying issues like a painful heel spur in the bone.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options:
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Power Plate
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Active Release Techniques
Each treatment option can provide a different form of relief from Plantar Fascia pain. Cold Laser Therapy can accelerate cellular activity and promote faster healing. Power Plate can increase circulation and loosen up tight tissues. Chiropractic adjustments can help mobilize stiff joints in the foot. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization can break down adhesions in the soft tissue in the foot. Active release techniques used in chiropractic can help stretch the plantar fascia and surrounding soft tissues.
Pain and issues from plantar fasciitis can cause alterations in gait (walking movement pattern) and posture due to a compensation mechanism that the body incorporates which causes other joints in the body to become overworked.
For some, treatment of plantar fascia may be painful or unpleasant at first. The goal of the treatment is to break down adhesions, reform the tissue fibers and increase movement. Some may experience bruising on the foot after treatment which is actually a positive response and indicates that the treatment is effective.
Patients can often feel a decrease in tightness at the bottom of the foot immediately after treatment. It may take a few visits to reach long term benefit. Your doctor may also recommend stretches and exercises at home to maintain results.