Plantar fasciitis is a strong fibrous tissue, running across the bottom of foot and supports the medial arch. The arch of the foot functions like a bow (& arrow) – the plantar fascia is like the string of the bow. The tension in the bow string holds the shape of the arch and the bounce/power of the foot.
The plantar fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury. Mostly effects walker, runners or individuals who stand for long periods of time – especially on concrete floors.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, causing microtears and degenerative changes in the tissue. When you step, the bow string stretches and when stretched too hard & too often, it gets irritated causing pain.
When the condition becomes chronic, the body will reinforce the weakened area with harder tissue to combat the long-term stress. The hardened tissue will form into a bone spur.
Plantar Fasciitis Can Come From:
- Exercise involving stress on the plantar fascia – running, ballet, dancing, jumping activities.
- Age – common in the age range of 40 to 60 years.
- Flat foot or high arch.
- An occupation that requires standing on your feet for long periods of time.
- Tight calf muscles.
- Shoes with poor foot support.
- Running or standing on hard surfaces.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis:
- Stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot.
- Worse with walking.
- Pain worse in the morning.
- Intense pain with first steps out of the bed in the morning.
- Pain in the heel with palpation.
- Pain increases with walking on tip toes.
- Bone spur diagnosed with x-ray.
I approach treating your foot pain to your presentation, which involves:
- Analyzing your posture – What’s going on with the alignment of your hip, knee and ankle? How could your posture be causing the plantar fasciitis?
- Discussing potential lifestyle dynamics impacting the effecting your pain.
- Understanding how other factors playing into your pain.
- Muscle testing the muscles for weakness and pain.
- Targeting effected muscles, releasing motor points, trigger points and relaxing the fascia.
- Providing exercises to continue treatment success between acupuncture treatments.
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