Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Why It Happens
Plantar fasciitis usually happens from one of three ways
- There is pressure from any number of causes on the nerves in your spine, which causes your brain to tense in your calves and the bottom of your feet. This takes place so that any nerves that are already under tension aren’t stretched any further. This can cause excessive amounts of strain on your plantar fascia and other short foot muscles as they attach near where the plantar fascia attaches. Believe it or not, many cases of “plantar fascia” are actually repetitive strains on the muscles, not the actual plantar fascia itself!
- The muscles around your ankles and feet are out of balance, causing undue tension and load on your plantar fascia, or the tendons that wrap down under your foot (i.e. the tendon of the posterior tibialis muscle, which attaches to the bones of the “arch” of the foot).
- A heel spur or other structural problems in your feet can also cause “plantar fasciitis.” In rare cases, a bad enough heel spur in your foot can warrant a referral to a podiatrist for a proper workup. However, in most cases, even the most stubborn cases will respond very well to the treatments we perform at our office, including yours.
How We Treat It
We use a unique and highly-successful approach to treat plantar fasciitis. As always, we seek to first determine the cause of the problem. Is it coming from your spine? Is it due to muscle imbalances? Is it a structural problem with your foot that needs to be corrected with an orthotic? Is it all three? Once we determine the root cause, we proceed by gently releasing the tender/taut fibers in the bottom of your foot, scanning your foot for orthotic recommendations, and performing proper rehabilitation of any weak muscles in your foot, ankle, hip, and lower back, to ensure that your foot (and lower body as a whole) is functioning properly and is well-supported.
How To Prevent It
Self-treatments or preventative measures for plantar fasciitis are many and include:
- Rolling the bottom of your foot out with a tennis ball or even a frozen water bottle
- Purchasing over-the-counter heel cups
- Stretching the calves and foot muscles regularly.
As in all cases, if you feel the slightest touch of plantar fasciitis starting, the best thing to do is to come for an evaluation, so we can help get the problem sorted before it becomes painful or downright debilitating for you!