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Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

Jun 2, 2016

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.  Plantar fasciitis will often cause a burning or stabbing pain in the heel or foot that occurs with the first few steps you take after you get out of bed in the morning.  Pain will decrease somewhat as the tissue limbers up but may be re-aggravated throughout the day with prolonged standing or getting up from a seated position.

This condition is commonly found in runners but other populations can also be at risk.  Those groups include:

  • Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Certain types of exercise. Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue — such as long-distance running, ballet dancing and dance aerobics — can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis.
  • Faulty foot mechanics. Being flat-footed, having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking can adversely affect the way weight is distributed when you’re standing and put added stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Obesity. Excess pounds put extra stress on your plantar fascia.
  • Occupations that keep you on your feet. Factory workers, teachers and others who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces can damage their plantar fascia.

Your plantar fascia normally acts as a shock absorber to help support the arch of the feet, however when tension or repeated stress becomes too great, small tears in the fascia begin to occur.  Due to the stress of daily activities further stretching and tearing of the fascia occurs resulting in inflammation and the laying down of scar tissue/muscular adhesions.  Scar tissue adhesion is very resilient. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up the muscles become shorter or weaker, and tension on tendons causes inflammation. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, pain, and sometimes numbness and tingling.  This results in a more chronic and painful issue which can be difficult to correct.

Furthermore, continuing to ignore the symptoms of plantar fasciitis creates chronic heel pain that will hinder your regular activities. If you change the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain, you might also develop foot, knee, hip or back problems.

So how do we correct this problem?  One solution that is found to be very effective is the application of Active Release Technique or (ART).  The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Most often, the patient is an active participant in the movement of the muscle/tissue by moving it from its shortest position to its longest.  Pressure combined with active lengthening of involved muscles/tissue to develop greater tension into the adhesion or scar tissue creates increased friction to break the adhesions up and has long-lasting results.

If you currently have heel pain or have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, please contact our office for an evaluation with one of our physicians to see if ART can help.  Each patient also may receive specific exercises to help with their condition.  Some may include these:

Plantar Fasciitis Exercises

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