If you have ever or are currently experiencing, moderate to extreme heal pain, the reason could very well be Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes for this type of pain.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most frustrating and painful injuries our patients at Realief Chiropractic in Irmo, South Carolina go through. This condition restricts mobility and effects quality of life. This is a difficult affliction for our patients to understand, let alone explain to their friends and families.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Along with overuse and overstretching, Plantar Fasciitis can arise from unequal weight distribution on the feet, commonly affecting pregnant women and people who are overweight. The foot condition can also be caused by a tight Achilles tendon, arches being too flat or too high, poor arch support in shoes or use of high heels, sudden increase in exercise, or working on your feet. Plantar Fasciitis is seen in men and women, but is most commonly see in women ranging in ages 40-70.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
For individuals suffering from Plantar fasciitis the most common symptom is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The pain is usually most intense first thing in the morning, after standing or sitting for a while, when climbing stairs, or after intense activity. The pain can develop over time or can occur more suddenly after intense activity. The pain can range from dull, to a sharp, stabbing pain. The bottom of the foot may also ache or burn.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Once your doctor has administered the proper tests to determine if you do indeed have Plantar fasciitis, there are several options for treating the condition. Along with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Motrin, other suggested options include heel and foot stretching exercises, rest, icing the painful area at least twice per day, wearing night splints to stretch the foot, and inserting a heel cup or arches into the shoes. For more serious conditions, wearing a boot cast for 3 to 6 weeks may be suggested, as well as inserting custom-made orthotics into shoes, steroid injections, or in the worst cases surgery may be needed.
Realief Chiropractic also offers innovative therapy known as the Rapid Release Therapy (RRT). RRT has been proven to significantly reduce the causes and symptoms of Plantar fascitiis. RRT was designed to target scar tissue adhesion with a specific frequency. In addition, this frequency is in a range that is known to relax muscle from guarding or spasms. RRT along with other therapies available at Realief Chiropractic allow the plantar fascia to heal and our patients to return to a mobile lifestyle.
For information on this effective treatment system for bringing relief to plantar fasciitis in Irmo and Columbia, SC call 803-807-9960 to schedule an appointment.