These Feet Were Made For Walking
Whether you’re an athlete, a busy professional, or a parent on-the-go (or all three!), you’ve probably experienced pain in your feet at one time or another. That aching pain that seems to come for a while and then disappear actually has a name. According to the Mayo Clinic, plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes (the fascia) becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and is more popular than you might think. In fact, data published by the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences reports that nearly 1 in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis during their lifetime. Thankfully, plantar fasciitis can be treated once diagnosed.
Plantar fasciitis doesn’t occur randomly. In fact, there are different types of circumstances that can exacerbate pain in the heel. People who wear the same pair of shoes too long, or shoes without proper heel support, like high heels, might experience the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. However, the causes of this type of foot pain aren’t only limited to shoe type. In fact, merely standing on concrete or other hard surfaces for a long period of time can also initiate plantar fasciitis. It’s important to recognize when your plantar fasciitis acts up the most. A certain pair of shoes or prolonged activity and exercise, such as long distance running, can contribute to this type of foot pain.
Once you experience the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, there are a few techniques that can be used to lessen or eliminate the pain altogether. The next time you feel your fascia becoming inflamed, first try stretching it out by gently pulling your toes towards you, causing both your foot and calf to be lengthened. Another type of movement called Earthing, has also been known to help lessen pain caused by plantar fasciitis. These stretches help increase blood flow and flexibility to the fascia, which will pacify the pain you feel in your heel.
Once you’ve done your stretches, it might be time to look into investing in a new pair of supportive shoes. Consider being properly outfitted for shoes that support your arches and provide lateral support on your feet. Stay away from shoes with little or no support, like UGG boots or Crocs. While these types of shoes might feel comfortable, their lack of support can cause your plantar fasciitis to act up. You might also consider using high-quality over-the-counter inserts, like Powerstep or custom orthotics. Remember to always take the liners or inserts that come with shoes and replace them with your own inserts that meet your individual needs.
As always, Dr. Ken at Total Care Chiropractic can help with plantar fasciitis pain, too. In addition to stretching and wearing supportive shoes, plantar fasciitis can be treated by using Accu Laser or acoustic wave therapy. These therapies use noninvasive pressure waves to treat inflamed tissues, like the fascia.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful, but thankfully there are easy and effective treatments to ease the pain. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your plantar fasciitis pain, don’t wait to call Dr. Ken today!