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The Source of Plantar Fascitis

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The plantar fascia is a thick chord of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot located from the heel and connecting to the base of the toes. The fascia functions as a shock absorber to support the arch of the foot.

When tension begins to add up on the fascia from over-stress,  miniature tears develop on the band of tissue resulting in irritation, causing inflammation and pain identified as plantar fasciitis. This type of injury is regularly experienced on the heel or arch of the foot and the pain is often described as a acute, stabbing sensation or a profound aching or throbbing.

Numerous factors are known to contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis depending on the individual’s lifestyle. Most common in runners, athletes overwork the fascia by engaging in sports with a high impact to the bottom of the feet that can increase the development of this type of injury. Inadequately fitting shoes, wearing flip-flops, or going barefoot all while walking or standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time can also injure the fascia. Poor foot structure, such as flat foot or a high arch, and being overweight have also been associated with plantar fasciitis.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

While prevention is the best option for avoiding any type of injury, there are several treatment options available once you’ve suffered a fascia injury and each may offer alternate results for every individual. A combination of different methods can prove effective to achieving the natural health of your foot.

Stretching the lower legs, calves, ankles, and feet on a regular, daily basis is important to rehabilitate injury to the fascia. Stretching both feet equally regardless if only one foot has been affected is crucial as well to avoid injury on a healthy foot. As with other injuries, ice therapy aids with the characteristic symptom of inflammation due to plantar fasciitis and consistency with the treatment offers the best results. New shoes or adding insoles will give your foot the correct support needed to function as a cushion during high intensity exercises. A chiropractor or physical therapist working together with a podiatrist can diagnose and determine the appropriate massage therapy and treatment depending on the grade of the injury and symptoms. And finally, plenty of rest is recommended to achieve overall wellness and quicken the rehabilitation process for your plantar fasciitis and its symptoms.

The symptoms of foot pain are similar and can be confused with Morton’s neuroma, an impairing condition that targets the feet, causing a thickening of the nerve tissue, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms for Morton’s neuroma include inflammation and restricted mobility, followed by pain on the forefoot. Lifestyle changes may be required for treatment of this condition such as modifying daily activities or wearing wide fitting shoes. Ice therapy may also be used to reduce the inflammation on the affected foot caused by this painful condition.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez 

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