HOW TO TREAT PLANTAR FASCIITIS HEEL PAIN
WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
Plantar fasciitis or Jogger’s heel pain causes pain in the bottom of the heel or the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick, ligament that connects your heel to the ball of your foot. It maintains the arch of your foot when you stand, walk or run.
The plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily activities such as standing, walking and running. These ligaments act as shock absorbers by maintaining the arch of the feet. Too much pressure or impacts on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments, leading to the plantar fascia inflammation that causes stabbing or burning pain.
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing sharp pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning after getting out of bed. When your foot is loosen up, the pain usually decreases. However, pain returns when you start walking after sitting for a long period of time.
Plantar fasciitis is common among runners, athletes, and any individual who walks or stands on hard surfaces for long hours. Other risk factors for fasciits plantar are heel spurs, overweight, pregnancy, and improper shoes support.
PLANTAR FASCIITIS TREATMENT OPTIONS
Conventional plantar fasciitis treatment may be effective but it is far from efficient and can takes months or years to relieve symptoms. Foot massage therapy is one of the least effective of the common therapies for plantar fasciitis. Family doctors are not prepared to treat plantar fasciitis. But even podiatrist (foot doctor) may not be a great choice either because they are mostly focused on surgical procedures. Custom arch support shoe inserts may not be enough for acute plantar fasciitis pain.
If you ignore plantar fasciitis, you may develop chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. Heel pain or foot pain can change the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain. This compensation can change your biomechanics of your body, and you may develop Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, frequent ankle sprains, foot injuries, and other problems in your knee, hip or back.
Breaking the injury cycle requires an comprehensive approach, examining critical elements such as postural alignment, biomechanics, musculoskeletal balance, and proper shoes for plantar fasciitis.
Myofascial Release Technique
Repetitive injuries or joint dysfunction can cause tough, adhesive, dense scar tissue in the affected area. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, inflammation on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can limit range of motion, loss of strength, and pain.
Our chiropractor Dr. Kevin Kim evaluates the tightness, texture, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves of the foot and surrounding structures. Abnormal connective tissues are treated with combination of precisely directed tension with specific movements.
At Golden Acupuncture & Chiropractic, we treat myofascial pain syndrome (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) for a repetitive muscle strains, adhesions, muscle hypoxia, and joint dysfunction.
Dr. Kim seeks out the specific structures in the foot causing the plantar fascia to becoming stretched, irritated, or inflamed. Once dysfunctional structures are found, he performs structural myofascial release technique to treats the plantar fascia and the surrounding tissues affecting the functions of foot. This release technique more effectively treats the problem areas and underlying causes of the foot pain.
Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis Relief
Acupuncture is a proven and effective therapeutic method for elimination of fasciitis plantar symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture treatments significantly decreases pain and swelling and reduces relapses of symptoms. A recent study confirmed acupuncture plantar fasciitis relief, published by HealthCMi in November 2017. Guangxi People’s Hospital researchers in China concluded the acupuncture and TCM treatments achieved a total treatment effective rate of 91.8%. Acupuncture has proven and long track records for significant positive outcome rates for patients with plantar fasciitis.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis pain slow you down. Call Today to schedule an appointment and learn more about Golden Acupuncture & Chiropractic treatments.