What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that effects the tissue on the bottom of the foot, specifically a sheet of tissue called the plantar fascia. The condition is defined by chronic inflammation in the bottom of the foot that is mostly experienced in the morning and usually improves within 30 minutes of movement. Plantar fasciitis flare-ups can also be exercise induced or from mid-day lack of activity.
The condition itself is typically brought on from one or more the following:
1) Overactivity, changes in activity, or improperly executed activity
2) Increases in weight
3) Poorly fitting shoes
4) Postural changes that redirect the weight bearing into the feet
What should I do about Plantar Fasciitis if I have it?
Like any inflammatory condition, Plantar Fasciitis requires rest and recovery. If you’re not allowing the tissue time to recover, you will get stuck in a continuous cycle of symptoms, making recovery harder. However, sometimes (even if you do all of the right things) the inflammatory cycle can be quite difficult to break. If you are new to Plantar Fasciitis and want to explore some quick remedies to resolve the pain cycle we recommend the following:
- Ice application and rest (We recommend a simple water bottle in the freezer)
- Direct application of pressure to relieve tissue stress (This is where the frozen water bottle can be very handy! Ice and compression together, just role your foot back and forth on the bottle)
- Stretching and mobilization: freeing the tissues under the foot and keeping the joints fluid can play an important role in helping guide the foot to recovery. If you’re not sure how to stretch or mobilize the foot, let us know! That is what we are here for.
If you have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a while and are seeking a solution, we have helped countless clients with stubborn plantar fasciitis. Just head over to www.bodyhealtherapy.com and book a session! We will take it from there. If you would like for us to assess your foot before you book a session you can always book a consultation, free of charge.