Newmarket Chiropractor on Plantar Fasciitis
Our Newmarket chiropractic clinic treats many patients who feel intense heel pain in their heels when stepping on the floor from bed when they first get up in the morning. If you have this symptom, chances are high that you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis; and intense heel pain in the morning is one of the conditions of this disease.
Plantar Fasciitis (from the latin planta – sole of the foot) is a common and painful condition that affects the fascia, or connective tissue, of the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia consists of a thick band of connective tissue. It starts at the heel and runs along the sole of the foot connecting to the toes.
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The typical pain that is associated with this disease is usually felt on the underside of the heel. It is at its most intense in the morning after a night’s sleep and its intensity is felt right at the point when you put your feet on the floor. You will also find that if you sit or rest or are inactive during the day it will re-occur
Although women are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis, it affects many who are overweight or obese. Plantar Fasciitis also affects those who do a lot of walking or standing, especially if your occupation demands these functions over long periods of time.
The plantar fascia works like an elasticized band running between the heel and the ball of your foot. This membrane is what causes the arch in your foot. A high arch indicates that the band is shorter, and if it’s long, you will have a low arch. This is a condition commonly called flat feet. A fat deposit in your heel covers the tissue of the plantar fascia to help it absorb the shock of walking. Plantar fasciitis can also lead to a condition know as a heel spur. This is a build up of calcium where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel. The heel spur itself does not cause pain.
While there are other medically diagnosed conditions that cause pain in the foot area (Sever’s Disease, arthritis, fat pad atrophy heel bone stress fracture, or tarsal tunnel syndrome) Plantar Fasciitis is the most common.
This painful condition is caused by inflammation. But if the condition becomes longstanding, the disease becomes degenerative and is characterized by small microscopic tears of the tendon. This condition is called plantar fasciosis, or degeneration without inflammation.
Rest: The simplest way to get relief is by getting your body weight off your feet. Just sit down. As many foot injuries are brought about by muscle and tendon imbalances, stretching and strengthening your muscle groups can provide relief to your heel pain problems.
Chiropractic Massage: Keep a hard ball such as a golf in the freezer. Sit with it under your foot and roll your foot over the ball to provide an all over massage to the foot. Apply as much pressure as you can manage. Massage the calf muscles is also beneficial. Newmarket chiropractor Dr. Lemasurier has a long record of successfully treating patients at his clinic who have suffered from this disease.
Stretching: A major contributor to the onset of plantar fasciitis is tight calf muscles. You should stretch the calf muscles three to five times a day, and hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds. You should also stretch the fascia itself by pulling the toes upwards and towards you.
Ice: Applying an ice pack to the sole of the foot and heel can provide good results. Do this as often as you possibly can. Keeping the pack on for up to 15 minutes at a time and repeating every three or four hours will be of benefit.
Wear supportive shoes: Make sure you wear shoes that support the arch of the foot. Proper footwear can’t be overstated. Many stylish shoes are available with good arch support and your condition will get the natural support from these kind of shoes. Don’t wear shoes that don’t provide support such as flip-flops.
Kinesio Taping: This technique was founded on the principle that the body will heal naturally if given the opportunity. Kinesio taping supports and stabilizes your joints and muscles without affecting your range of motion or causing blood circulation issues. It is best done by a professional who has been trained to perform the process. This method is used to treat a variety of conditions other than plantar fasciitis.
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Other non-surgical methods: Supportive shoes and orthotics. Our chiropractic clinic in Newmarket provides fitting for custom orthotics. Night splints, cortisone injections and extracorporeal shockwave therapy are some of the other methods used to treat plantar fasciitis.
Surgery: This is the last resort used to deal with this condition. Indeed surgery is only considered after twelve months of non-surgical treatments.
Prognosis: While this disease can be painful and inflammatory, the good news is that 95% of individuals who have this disease can recover from it without surgery.
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