Heel pain or foot pain with running can be caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. But runners aren’t the only ones at risk. Any activity that puts stress on your feet can cause this condition.
Changing shoes, stretching and taking time off can help. But when activity resumes, the pain can ramp up again and you’re right back where you started. If you want long-term relief, you’ve got to fix the underlying problem. Active Release Technique can do that.
Read on for more information about plantar fasciitis. And when you’re ready, schedule a visit with Dr. Keith McGahey of Eastside Chiropractic Group, and see why ART is the treatment of choice for so many people.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
The muscles on the bottom of the foot are covered by a tough, protective layer called the plantar fascia. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when this fibrous covering becomes irritated and inflamed. Pain is usually felt in the arch, anywhere from the heel to the base of the toes.
Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury. It comes on slowly over a period of months or years. And by the time you feel foot pain, the condition has likely been brewing for some time. If left untreated, that pain can become chronic and force you stop activity. By this point, rest may not even help.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia works much like an arch support in the bottom of your foot. And it usually does a pretty good job with it. But when your arch is placed under prolonged stress, the fascia can become injured. Your body’s response to that injury is scar tissue, inflammation and pain. If this injury cycle is allowed to continue without proper treatment, that pain can become chronic, and eventually make being on your feet too painful to enjoy.
Our feet are not designed for being on flat surfaces. So prolonged standing or walking on hard floors or concrete can produce incredible stress on your arch. The kind of stress that causes plantar fasciitis. Running, jumping, climbing and cycling can take that stress to a whole new level. People with either flat or high arches can be even more susceptible to plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
The most common symptom with plantar fasciitis is pain. It can be located anywhere in your arch, but is often found near the heel. The first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning can be quite painful. The same goes for getting up after sitting. Once you’re up and moving, your feet may start to feel better, but the pain usually comes back.
Plantar fasciitis may start out as a bit of foot pain here and there. But it will eventually become constant if left untreated. As it worsens, your feet may start to feel fatigued. And pain may spread to your ankles, shins or calf muscles. You may also start to experience numbness or tingling in your feet.
Effective Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
If you want to beat plantar fasciitis, you must address the underlying injury. And that’s why splints, braces, taping, creams and rest don’t work. As soon as you start activity again, it’s just a matter of time before your injury flares up. For long-term relief you must break up scar tissue, and nothing does that better than Active Release Technique.
ART can quickly and comfortably break up scar tissue in the plantar fascia and muscles of your feet. This can reduce inflammation and pain, and help you get back on your feet pain-free. Chiropractic can help by loosening up stiff joints in your feet. A common problem with chronic foot conditions like plantar fasciitis. This combination is so effective that most people start to feel relief after just a few visits.
Tired Of Foot Pain Slowing You Down?
Don’t let plantar fasciitis take the fun out of being on your feet. Dr. McGahey has been helping people with plantar fasciitis get out of pain since 1998. And chances are he can help you too. So what are you waiting for?
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