Do you think you have Plantar Fasciitis? Have you got foot pain located at the sole of your foot? Have you tried everything like self massage, change in shoes and rest but the pain still doesn’t go away?
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
It is a common repetitive strain injury that affects runners, walkers and gym goers and those who stands for long periods of time for a living! Plantar Fasciitis is caused by an inflammatory process that affects the connective tissue that connects your heel bone to the toes beneath the foot.
Plantar fasciitis can be a sign of some degenerative changes in the foot’s “fascia” which is a connective tissue, which help support the arches of the feet, bear the weight of the body and absorb shock and pressure.
- It causes mainly foot or heel pain.
- Pain that is worse in the morning.
- Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and flat feet are not the same thing but are related.
Most people recover from plantar fasciitis with rest, arch support and stretching, but not all patients.
Plantar fasciitis is a pain that is located under surface of the foot, most typically the instep and closer to the heel.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Some Causes of plantar fasciitis are:
- High Arches in the feet (Pes Cavus) – a high arch can mean that the plantar fascia and muscles are very tight and not allow any movement on weight baring. Every step can over stretch the connective tissues and muscles under the foot.
- Dropped foot arches (Pes planus) – low arches can be due to a number of things but I don’t always think that inserting insoles into the shoes are the best or long term solution either.
- Tight calf muscles – The calf muscle includes the Achilles tendon that attaches to the heel bone. When this muscle and tendon is tight it can pull on the heel and create further pulling of the muscles and connective tissue under the foot. Regular stretching and can be excellent for treating this.
- Foot over pronation – This is where the instep of your foot (the arch) collapses too much when you are walking, jogging or running. Book today for a full kinetic chain assessment to see why your foot collapses and then we can re-balance your body with and corrective exercise rehabilitation.
- Being Overweight – weight gain can increase the stress and strain that the arch of the foot can absorb. Consult with me today for a Naturopathic Whole Health solution to accelerate weight loss, improve pain and performance.
- Weak (intrinsic) muscles of the foot – With a full kinetic chain assessment a corrective exercise program is created to balance your whole body. All your muscles of body can be re-balanced.
- Poor Posture – With poor posture the joints are not always fully centered, with a tug of war happening with all the muscles that surround the joints. When one side is winning, the joint moves in that direction. Absorbing forces both for stabilization and external forces seen in sports can lead to injury. Especially forces that are repeated over and over again. Recovery is also much slower with poor posture.
- Sudden change in running mileage – It is seen quite often in runners. People go ahead and enter a race without much training experience. They possibly run too much too soon and the mileage they run changes dramatically. This can also lead to plantar fasciitis.
- Poor footwear – Old shoes that are over worn and even controversially – shoes with too much cushioning can affect the foot too!
- Not enough stretching – especially the muscles that are short and tight can lead to muscle imbalance and poor posture. When you complete your kinetic chain assessment, a dedicated stretching and mobility plan is designed based on your strengths and weaknesses.
To understand how best to treat someone who has this condition, rightly needs an assessment.
It is common and known to be misdiagnosed when not true plantar fasciitis.