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1. Why We Should Treat Plantar Fasciitis
2. How to Identify Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
3. The Facts on Plantar Fasciitis
4. Getting the Best Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis
5. How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis With 2 Simple


1. Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain
Heel pain is a common complaint. There are several reasons for heel
pain and the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. The plantar
fascia is the ligament which connects the toes to the heel bone.
When this ligament becomes inflamed it can cause pain, tenderness,
and swelling. Many athletes experience this condition as well as
people who spend a lot of time on their feet. While this can be a very
painful condition, the good news is it does respond well to
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
A ligament is different from a muscle or a bone. It is fibrous tissue
which acts as a support and a connection between bone and other
tissues. The plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue supporting the arch
of the foot. Excessive pronation (inward rolling of the foot when
walking) is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. People with
high arches or flat feet may also be at a greater risk for developing
this condition.
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If you spend a lot of time on your feet or walking, or wear footwear
that doesn't give you enough support these things can also cause
stress on the ligament. Athletes with tight Achilles tendons or calf
muscles also put a greater strain on the ligament and may develop
inflammation. Plantar fasciitis causes swelling and pain when walking
or standing, and if not treated may develop tears in the ligament

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
You may first notice pain when you start to walk after resting. The
pain may increase during the day, and be worse when you have to
climb stairs or stand for long periods of time. Pain is focused near
your heel and it can be a stabbing pain. You may experience
symptoms in just one foot, or in both feet. As the condition
progresses you may hear a snapping or clicking sound, and the area
will become very swollen.
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Treatment Options
Plantar fasciitis responds very well to treatment. The earlier you start
treatment, the faster you can get relief from pain. The first step in
treatment should be a visit to your chiropractor. They will note how
you stand and walk, examine your legs and feet, and discuss your
general health and health history. They will then develop a plan to
treat the condition and help prevent it in the future.
Ice packs, reduction in activity, and over the counter antiinflammatory drugs help most people recover. Your chiropractor will
show you calf and toe stretches to perform several times each day.
These will be done in the morning upon rising and several times
during the day. Always wear shows with cushioned soles and good
arch support, and you can also get shoe orthotics to wear if you
stand or walk a lot. Your chiropractor may also recommend
physiotherapy to help heal the ligament and reduce pain and
You don't have to suffer with the pain of plantar fasciitis. With
proper treatment and prevention you can get relief and prevent

further inflammation. Talk to your chiropractor if you experience
heel pain; he or she can help you fine the relief you need.


2. Plantar Fasciitis Facts
Plantar fasciitis is a common complaint among athletes and anyone
who spends a lot of time on their feet. If you are overweight or a
woman you have a greater chance of developing plantar fasciitis. The
first step to relief is to understand this condition and know your
treatment options. If you feel pain in your heel or foot when you first
stand up after sitting for a long period, or you feel pain first thing in
the morning which gets better after you move around, you may have
plantar fasciitis.
Why Does It Hurt?
The plantar fascia is a long fibrous tissue located in the sole of your
foot and it extends from the heel to your toes. This tissue connects
the heel bone to the toes and helps you stand, walk, and stay
balanced. This tissue can become inflamed and irritated causing pain,
swelling, and tenderness.
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Who is at Risk?
While anyone can develop this condition and people who carry more
weight are at greater risk. More women than men develop this
condition as well as people who have very tight calf muscles.
Athletes, especially runners, are also at greater risk to develop
plantar fasciitis. If you have very flat feet or very high arches you may
also be at greater risk to develop the condition. If your job requires
to you to stand or walk on very hard surfaces for long periods of
time, this also puts you at a greater risk.

Most people complain of heel pain upon rising after sitting for long
periods of time. Pain may also be more severe right after getting out
of bed, but gets better after you move around a bit. You may also
feel pain after exercise. The pain is described as feeling like you've
stepped on a large stone and is centered in the heel of the foot. As
the condition worsens the pain becomes more severe and
Treatment Options
The first treatment option is rest and anti-inflammatory medications
such as Advil, Motrin, or Alleve. Ice may also give you some relief and
reduce swelling. Your doctor may prescribe stretching exercises to
help stretch your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Shoes with
shock absorbing insoles or rubber heel caps may also be
recommended by your doctor.
Most cases of plantar fasciitis respond well to treatment within a few
months. If not your doctor may elect to inject steroidal antiinflammatory shots into your heel. Very rarely does the condition
require surgery. In severe cases however the surgeon will release the
plantar fascia from the heel bone to give you relief.
Plantar fasciitis is a common complaint, but it is usually not serious.
With proper treatment and care you can return to your normal
activities in a few months. If you follow your doctor's
recommendations you can also avoid any further inflammation and
damage to your foot.


3. Painful Plantar Fasciitis Healed by Active Release
Techniques Treatment From Chiropractor
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition, in which a person feels heel
pain (or pain elsewhere on the bottom of their foot) that is usually at
its worst first thing in the morning. This condition can persist for
months to years, and may cause the person to limit their normal
work, athletic, and recreational activities due to the severe pain. It is
named after the connective tissues on the bottom (plantar side) of
the foot. Traditional treatments such as ice, stretching, and self
massage are limited in their effectiveness. Fortunately, a new
treatment technique called Active Release Techniques (ART) is
gaining popularity as an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis and
other foot conditions. We will first look at how plantar fasciitis
develops, and then discuss how Active Release Techniques works.
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How plantar fasciitis develops:
When the load placed on the body is greater than the capacity of the
body's tissues to handle that load, the result is dysfunction. Any time
a muscle is overworked (repetitive motions, repeated contractions)
or acutely injured (fall or collision causing a tear or crush), it receives
a decreased amount of bloodflow (read: oxygen flow). If this
condition continues, the hypoxia (lack or oxygen flow) causes
adhesions to form in the muscles. These are sticky areas, almost as if
someone poured glue into the muscle, which limit range of motion,
alter your biomechanics, and cause pain. Adhesions remain until they
are treated. Rest, ice, stretching, and ibuprofen will not make them
go away! You may get some temporary relief, but once you resume
your activities, the issue will make itself known once again.

Plantar fasciitis treatment with Active Release Techniques:
Active Release Techniques is a manual therapy technique that is
effective in reducing the adhesions so that you can get back to your
activities! With plantar fasciitis, the structures that typically require
treatment are the plantar fascia, gastrocnemius and soleus (calf
muscles), and the posterior tibialis, flexor hallicus longus, and flexor
digitorum longus (deep calf muscles). Certain hip muscles may also
require Active Release Techniques treatment if they have developed
adhesions that are impairing with their proper function, and thus
throwing off the biomechanics of the whole lower extremity chain.
Your sports chiropractor will also be able to examine all the joints in
your feet and ankles to make sure nothing is fixated. The two most
common foot subluxations in a patient with plantar fasciitis are talus
fixation and calcaneus fixation.
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Home care for plantar fasciitis:
There are several things you can do in conjunction with Active
Release Techniques treatments and chiropractic care, that will
loosen up tight muscles, improve circulation, and reduce your heel
-Stretch calf muscles by standing facing a wall and leaning in.
-Tennis ball pressure on bottom of foot upon waking; stand with one
foot on a ball, make slow circles focusing on the tight and tender
spots for one to two minutes.
-Night splint may be worn overnight to help keep the plantar fascia
and the calf muscles stretched out.

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