Plantar Fasciitis does not have to rule your life. If you suffer from this condition in the foot, you know that every step can be excruciating. The pain only stops when you do and the reality of not walking doesn’t seem like the best option, does it? Chronic use of corticosteroids and antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) is not the answer either. These can have severe and life-altering consequences. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation in the thick, dense band of connective tissue that helps stabilize the food. This is the band of tissue that actually creates the arch in the foot. It runs from the heel to the big toe. Mechanical stress on the foot from gate issues or just walking on concrete causes the arch to flatten. This is the cause of the pain. Many people with bone spurs think that their pain is from the bone spur, but in actuality, the pain is from plantar fasciitis and the chronic inflammation causes the bone spur. Even doctors are misguided at times that bone spurs do not cause pain. Treatment of plantar fasciitis requires a multiple pronged approach. By using medication only, you are simply covering up the symptoms. Drugs are not addressing the root cause of the pain, nor correcting it.
More Is Better
Not many times in life are you going to hear that more is better, but when it come to plantar fasciitis, a variety of treatment options are going to be better than only one method of covering up the pain with drugs. Here are 4 areas that need to be addressed for real relief.
- Systemic inflammation: plantar fasciitis is rooted in inflammation and inflammation often travels. It can affect different parts of the body at different times. Even if your foot inflammation is from mechanical stress, the inflammation through the rest of your body will play a role in this getting worse or better over time. Address inflammation by
- Adhesions and trigger points: tight or damaged fascia and tight bundles of muscle tissue keep muscles tight and painful. Your chiropractor and/or physiotherapist should know how to work through your connective tissue issues.
- Align foot bones: did you know there are more bones in one foot than in your whole spine? Spine alignment is crucial for good health, and with plantar fasciitis bone alignment is important for these bones to be able to move freely.
- Good orthotics: arch support can be a stand in for the flattening of the plantar fascia when it is inflamed or damaged however good orthotics generally need to be custom fitted so talk to your Shawnee chiropractor about who they use for custom orthotics.
You don’t have to be stuck in pain every step you take and dependent on steroids and NSAIDS for even an inch of relief. There is more and you can be better. Take the time to find the practitioner who will correct and balance the root cause of your plantar fasciitis.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from LifeWorks for their insight into plantar fasciitis.