Foot Pain – Plantar Fasciitis

This past Saturday I conducted a seminar at the Runner’s Store here in Laveen. We had a nice turnout and an interactive crowd.  At the end we did a computerized gate scan.  So I am going to focus on the feet the next week or so in my blogs. Did you know that plantar fasciitis occurs in 10% of the population?  Plantar fasciitis is painful inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue originating on heel bone and extending along the sole of the foot towards the five toes.  Symptoms: pain on the underside of foot by the heel, limited dorsiflexion and knee pain sometimes. 

Common Treatments may include:

  •   Rest
  •   Ice
  •   Massage therapy
  •   Stretching
  •   Night splints
  •   Motion control running shoes
  •   Physical therapy – stretching, exercises, US
  •   Orthotics
  •   Anti-inflammatory medications
  •   Injection of corticosteroids 
  •   Surgery in refractory cases 

The best treatment is conservative. Corticosteroids and surgery should be a last resort.  This week I will demonstrate how we address it. 

Two things that you can do now are ice massage and towel gathering.  Here is a short video demonstration.

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