Plantar fasciitis treatment

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Common Questions Regarding Plantar Fasciitis

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot.

What is Plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition in which the connective tissue becomes inflamed causing tension and pain in the heel and sole of the foot. The pain is often worse when initially getting out of bed. The pain does wear off after about half an hour, but returns a few hours later after continued use.

What causes Plantar fasciitis?

Simply put, plantar fasciitis is caused by over-use. It is common in runners, people who spend a lot of time on their feet, or those sitting at a desk with their heels raised off the floor. Historically plantar fasciitis was known as ‘policeman’s heel’ because of the amount of time they spent on their feet.

Can Plantar fasciitis cause bone spurs?

If untreated, plantar fasciitis can eventually lead to painful bone spurs forming on the back of the heel. Because the constant tension and inflammation can trigger bone growth in the area.

Seeking Help for Plantar Fasciitis

Common medical treatments either prescribe anti-inflammatories or administer steroid injections. In most severe cases, absolute rest is required. These treatments do help with plantar fasciitis, but they only treat the symptoms. Rarely do they heal because they don’t treat the cause of the problem.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Over- use is the cause of the problem but how can a runner stop using his calf muscles? Or a Doctor, a nurse, a policeman or a therapist stop been on their feet per long hours?  One option is to retire…. I don’t think that is a realistic solution.

The real cause of the problem are the restrictions caused by the repetitive use of the calf muscles.   Myofascial Release has proven to be the most effective intervention to decrease soft tissue restrictions in evidence-based studies.

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Recent research conducted to analyze the effectiveness of different plantar fascitis treatments have concluded:

“The simple main effects analysis showed that the MFR group performed better than the control group.”

The Foot, Volume 24, Issue 2
~ M.S. Ajimsha, D. Binsu, S. Chithra

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