Perform at Your Best: Plantar Fasciitis Risks, Prevention, & Treatment

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Treating heel pain with Graston Technique at the Hy-Vee Triathlon.

Treating heel pain with Graston Technique at the Hy-Vee Triathlon.

About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a heel condition characterized by pain on the base and middle side of the heel, especially upon the first steps of the day. With stretching, the pain typically lessens. Plantar fasciitis is not genetic. Rather, it is caused by dysfunctions in the way the body moves. Specifically, a lack of ankle dorsiflexion, or a decreased ability to flex your toes toward your nose, might put you at risk for heel pain. It typically affects runners, people age 40-60, and anyone who works on their feet for many hours at a time.

Prevention

You can prevent plantar fasciitis with a good stretching routine and conservative care like rehabilitation, soft tissue treatments and functional chiropractic care, which can address dysfunctions elsewhere in the body that affect the foot.

Footwear is also important, especially for runners. To find the right shoe, you should seek out a specialist or practitioner who can evaluate your gait (walking/running style), foot type, and shoe needs, which may include shoe inserts or orthotics.

Manual Therapy Treatment

According to current research, proper treatment of plantar fasciitis includes active self stretching in addition to manual rehabilitation therapy, like Active Release Technique (ART), trigger point therapy, and Graston Technique for calf muscles, the Achilles’ tendon  and plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot.

Have questions about performing at your best? Call Dr. LoRang at Capital Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center at 515-421-4018.

References:

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DynaMed [Internet]. Ipswich (MA): EBSCO Information Services. 1995 –   .[cited 2013 Sept 2]. Available from http://www.ebscohost.com/DynaMed/.  Registration and login required.

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