Athletes get it, housewives get it, students, commuters, walkers, and runners get it –occasional or persistent foot pain is universal and sometimes intolerable. The wear and tear on our bodies can sometimes manifest itself in unrelenting burning pain in the soles of our feet. The cause of this pain can be Plantar Fasciitis, which is defined as inflammation of the covering on the bottom of our feet, and is pronounced plan-tar fash-eye-tiss.
The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue that runs along the sole of the foot. It starts at your heel and fans out to each of your toes. This connective tissue is like a thick rubber band that provides support, protects the underside of you foot, and most importantly supports the arch of your foot.
The definition of inflammation is an immediate or early response to tissue injury. This pain may last days or weeks and it’s the body’s response to injury. When this condition persists and becomes chronic and the process of inflammation, tissue destruction, and repair all exist simultaneously
How long does this condition last you might ask? While it may take months to recover completely it does not go on forever, meaning it is self limiting and can and usually does resolve itself.
Here is a list of common treatment protocols for this condition:
- Rest with decrease in current exercise
- Anti inflammatory meds or steroid injections
- Custom orthotics or heel cushion
- Calf stretching or plantar stretching exercise
- Chiropractic Manipulation
- Ice or Heat Application
- Walking program if inactive
- Taping the foot or night splint
- Upgrade footwear
Studies have shown that all these treatments are somewhat effective in treatment of this condition. The causative factors are diverse so evaluate your unique situation and use some combination of the treatment protocols above for 6-8 weeks, and then re evaluate your progress. Sometimes it is challenging to realize your own progress due to the nature of this painful condition and a healthcare professional can be an asset.
Once your condition resolves you might ask how you can keep this from returning. As the reasons for this condition are vague and multifaceted perhaps eliminating or minimizing risk factors is your best defense.
- Maintain healthy weight
- Avoid prolonged standing
- Flexible Ankles
- Good Arch Support
- Moderation in Exercise & Cross Training
- Periodic Chiropractic Alignment
Dr. Teri Hines