Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar Fasciitis can cause intense heel pain.

 

What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

The major complaint of those with Plantar Fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel. But some people experience pain at the bottom mid-foot area. This develops gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet. Some people describe the pain as dull, while others experience a sharp pain. Some people feel a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel.

The pain is usually worse in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed, or if you’ve been sitting or lying down for a while. Climbing stairs can be very difficult due to heel stiffness.

After prolonged activity, the pain can flare up due to increased inflammation. Pain isn’t usually felt during the activity but rather just after stopping.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

There are various reasons people develop Plantar Fasciitis, here are a few of the main causes:

  • Overweight, obese or sudden changes in weight, such as dramatic weight gain or loss, or pregnancy

  • Stress due to exercise, particularly, running

  • Prolonged standing on your feet

  • Structural foot problems, such as high arches or very flat feet.

  • Tight Achilles tendons

Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

The most common in home and OTC treatments are anti-inflammatory drugs. For more severe cases, doctors will recommend corticosteroid injections directly into the damaged tissue. Though this may help, it is very painful and not guaranteed. Here at Dynamic Therapeutics, we have developed a specific protocol for treating the tissue directly and teaching you self-care techniques to keep it from coming back. Issues like these are never a quick fix or a one time treatment, but they help you to avoid toxic chemicals that have adverse side affects and can help you from any reoccurring incidence as well as educating you in preventative measures.

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