Are you finding that your feet get are sore all the time? Does it prevent yourself from doing activities? Maybe you have a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis happens when the fascia in the sole of your foot becomes inflamed. The inflammation starts because of repeated stress and tearing of the fascia. This inflammation causes pain that focuses on around your heel. The pain arising from the inflammation prevents most people from running and maybe even walking, depending on the severity of the inflammation. Plantar Fasciitis usually occurs after activity, and the more you try to push through the pain to continue the activity, the worse the inflammation will be. Plantar Fasciitis is most typically seen in athletes where running constitutes a large part of their training. I have seen many patients who have this condition who are not athletes. I myself have battled with this condition for years and I am far from being what most people consider and athlete to be. I have also found that this condition sometimes goes hand in hand with fallen arches in your feet. With this condition you will find that it comes and goes. You will have periods of time where the pain prevents you from doing anything and when the inflammation goes away you are good for a while. At least until the next time you run or do something else that irritates the plantar Fascia, and then your back to square one. This can be very frustrating and debilitating. So how do we treat and prevent Plantar Fasciitis?
I usually treat Plantar Fasciitis myofascial release on the sole of the foot. I Combine this with work on the muscles that contribute to structure and movement with the foot. I find that prolonged stretching also works well with this condition. Controlling the inflammation is crucial in the beginning when the symptoms start to occur. You can do this through anti-inflammatories or through hydrotherapy (Ice application to the sole of the foot), this will minimize the severity of the inflammation and therefore the time that the condition will last for. Generally, orthotics are recommended, I used to wear orthotics to help me deal with Plantar Fasciitis and popped ibuprofen to control the inflammation. I found, however, that strengthening my foot was the most important thing I did for relief from Plantar Fasciitis. If you can strengthen your foot and improve its structure, the stress on the fascia should diminish. A proper warm up of your foot is also very important to do before activities, this will make the fascia mobile and will help prevent tearing of the fascia.
If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis you know how crippling it truly can be, I for one, know how bad it truly can be. So if you or someone you know are having problems and need some help or some advice, give me a call (604-761-895) or drop me an e-mail (mikeS@bayswater.ca) and we can go over the condition in detail.
Michael Scottnicki, RMT