We have had a number of patients coming to see us with pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis. You may ask yourself, “What does Plantar Fasciitis feel like?” Patients report that the pain is most common on the bottom middle of the foot and in the heel. This pain is usually the worst in the early morning when they first get out of bed.
Pain that is true Plantar Fasciitis comes from inflammation of the thick, band-like tissue that connects the heel bone of your foot to the toes. This tissue is called the Plantar Fascia. Standing for long periods of time, getting up quickly from an office chair after sitting for a long period of time, as well as running and other strenuous exercises can all inflame Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis can be greatly affected by the shoes you wear normally or those you use for exercise.
The job of the fascia is to absorb shock and transfer force when standing and walking. Plantar fascia is a very thick and strong structure that can become inflamed and over time can cause intense pain and tightness in the foot.
Using ART (Active Release Techniques) we seek to “release” the Soft Tissue that consists of muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves by breaking up the scar tissue that is binding the fascia and causing tension and pain in the foot. We also utilize ice to help provide relief and to reduce inflammation. If you are experiencing pain in your feet, please make an appointment for evaluation prior to starting any home treatment. This will allows us to pinpoint the cause of your pain and recommend the best forms of treatment to provide you with relief!