Why Does My Foot Hurt? Exploring Plantar Fasciitis and Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: People have found inventive ways to cope with pain and injury. We can do amazing things, even when we’re not running at 100 percent. But when pain strikes our feet, it can put a halt to all forward progress. A condition known as Plantar Fasciitis can cause a significant amount of pain and limit many daily activities.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The Plantar Fascia runs along the bottom, inside arch of the foot. This band of tough, ligamentous tissue connects the heel bone to the toes while also supporting the arch of the foot. Excess force can cause the tissue to become inflamed. Once the tissue is inflamed it causes a great deal of pain in the Plantar Fascia. The most common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis is characterized by a sharp pain near the heel that extends along the arch of the foot. Symptoms are usually experienced in the morning when taking the first few steps out of bed. This can be caused by contracture of muscles and ligaments during rest. While plantar fasciitis usually only effects one foot, some people experience the condition in both feet.
Who gets Plantar Fasciitis?
There is no specific underlying cause or trigger for Plantar Fasciitis. There are some circumstances that raise your likelihood for Plantar Fasciitis.
- Existing flat free or high arches
- Wearing footwear that provides little, or no, support
- Frequently walking barefoot
- Sudden increase in strain on feet (For example increase in exercise)
In many cases, Plantar Fasciitis can be avoided by making the necessary lifestyle adjustments. Sometimes people still acquire the condition even after taking precautions. Plantar Fasciitis symptoms are similar to other conditions such as heel pad syndrome, osteoarthritis, reactive arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. This is why it is important to have your condition properly diagnosed by a trained physician.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
As with so many conditions of the human body, early intervention is the key to achieving faster relief. Each treatment is individualized to the person experiencing the symptoms. Depending on the severity of the plantar fasciitis, different treatments can be prescribed. Therapeutic exercise, injections, and assisted soft tissue mobilization have been successful tools in treating Plantar Fasciitis.
One of the most effective treatments for plantar fasciitis is known as the Graston Technique, which is an assisted soft tissue mobilization technique. The treatment involves using specifically sized stainless steel instruments that allow practitioners to locate and treat adhesions in the patient’s tendons and muscles. For both acute and chronic Plantar Fasciitis, the Graston Technique has become the therapy of choice for many practitioners. The Graston Technique has been shown to decrease pain and increase function.
How the Graston Technique works
The treatment gently stretches the plantar fascia in the foot, eventually allowing it to handle more force. The Graston Technique initiates the breakdown of tissue restrictions and scar tissue with the goal of helping patients regain full range of motion and relieving pain. Studies have demonstrated that the Graston Tehnique brings faster results than many traditional therapies used in plantar fasciitis treatment. Combining the Graston Techniques with therapeutic exercise has been a very successful tool when treating Plantar Fasciitis.
Who can use the Graston Technique?
Only practitioners licensed by the Graston Technique, LLC, are authorized to provide this therapy to patients. A number of similar techniques have been developed to treat Plantar Fasciitis, but the Graston Technique employs a specific series of therapeutic disciplines that requires a comprehensive understanding of the process.
If you are being bothered by sore feet and suspect you may have a more serious problem than everyday soreness, we’re ready to help with a consultation, diagnosis, and treatment. Visit www.alignedmedicalgroup.com to learn more about Plantar Fasciitis treatment and our other patient services. If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please call (610) 644-3166.