by Dr. Douglas. R. Portmann
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful disorder of the foot that affects thousands of people everyday. Most people notice the pain when they get up and take their first steps in the morning. Others may notice it when they are at rest for long periods of time and then get up to walk. However, the symptoms tend subside when they are on their feet for a period of time.
Plantar fasciitis is common in people of all ages with the middle-aged population being the most affected. Patients that are on their feet a lot, like athletes and soldiers, also tend to exhibit the symptoms.
Straining of the ligaments that support the arch causes plantar fasciitis. Repeated strains can cause tiny tears in the ligaments and can lead to pain and swelling. Common causes of plantar fasciitis are excessively tight calf muscles, shoes that don't fit well, and being overweight. Additionally, if you have high arches or if you over pronate, you may be at a higher at risk of developing planter fasciitis.
It is important to have a doctor examine you if the pain continues for more than four weeks. The doctor will rule out any other pathologies such as arthritis, stress fractures or heel spurs.
Some home treatments that can be tried are:
Stretching the calf muscles three times a day for three minutes with your toes on the step and your heels stretching to the floor.
A Strasburg sock, which can be purchased at most running stores, can be worn at night to provide relief and keep the calf in a stretched position.
A new pair of shoes with a good arch and a cushioned sole could also be a symptom reliever.
If none of these activities provide relief, our office has treated many patients with plantar fasciitis with a series of treatments including physical therapy modalities, trigger point treatments, and foot manipulation to help take the pressure off the inflamed ligament with great success. Though these methods are not 100% foolproof, it is good to do conservative treatment before going to further medical intervention such as steroid injections and surgery.
If you have any questions about this disorder or you would like additional information please do not hesitate to call our office at 513-677-6787.
Dr. Douglas. R. Portmann DC,CCSP,CSCS
Wards Corner Chiropractic and Sports Rehab
550 Wards Corner Rd.
Loveland Ohio 45140