Plantar Fasciitis: The pain in your foot that is a big pain in your butt

Plantar Fasciitis: The pain in your foot that is a big pain in your butt

Plantar fasciitis is by definition an irritation to the ligaments that support the arch of your foot. The plantar fascia is a fan-shaped structure that attaches below each toe and comes to a point and attaches at your heel. When you develop a case of plantar fasciitis, each step causes the plantar fascia to stretch and “micro tear”, which causes pain. Over the course of the day, the plantar fascia stretches out , so often types symptoms are worst first thing in the morning or after returning to a standing or walking position after a period of rest. Without treatment, it is common for plantar fasciitis to last several months before resolving.

Causes

There are many causes of plantar fasciitis, but one of the most common is poor foot biomechanics. You are stuck with the feet you have so making adjustments to your shoes and arch support is the easiest way to correct this. People with a high arch have a tendency to have more of a problem with plantar fasciitis because the arch has the ability to “fall further” which leads to irritation. Other causes range from wearing non-supportive shoes, like flip-flops, and standing on hard surfaces, like cement floors.

Treatment

Here at Momentum, we have cutting edge treatment options. With the help of Zimmer Medical Supplies, Marla has developed a “secret recipe” to aid in decreasing the discomfort of plantar fasciitis in as few as 4 treatments. A combination of modalities is used to soften the plantar fascia and introduce a burst of blood flow which promotes healing of the tissue. In addition to the treatment, there are a variety of stretches and exercises that can be done to help alleviate some of the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

Prevention

Once you have gotten rid of your case of plantar fasciitis, preventing it from coming back is key. It is important to keep your feet supported with a high quality orthotic. Momentum carries an orthotic that will fit in any type of shoe and that will never wear out. In addition to an orthotic, it is important to wear a high quality shoe. For athletic shoes, Momentum recommends Brooks running/walking shoes and can help you find the right shoe for your foot type. In addition, the staff at Momentum can help you pick a work boot or dress shoe that will provide the support you need to help prevent this problem from returning.

If you have a pain in your foot that is a pain in your butt, let us help! Call the clinic to set up a consultation with Marla at 970-522-1969.

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