Do you have sharp heel pain with the first few steps in the morning? One of the most common reasons for heel pain is Plantar Fasciitiis.
WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissue extending from the heel to the toes. The fascia plays a very important role in the foot’s ability to adapt to the ground surfaces. The fascia also stabilizes the foot to create a lever to propel forward on during movement. The plantar fascia can become irritated from overload or poor healing and often results in the classic heel pain that many people experience.
HOW DOES PLANTAR FASCIITIS HAPPEN?
Initially, plantar fasciitis is thought to be an inflammatory condition that later develops into a chronic overload that prolongs the injury to the fascia. There are a large variety of reasons the plantar fascia can become irritated. These include: flat feet, bunions, tightness or weakness in the calves, hip strength deficits, ankle mobility deficits, prolonged standing or walking, obesity, runners, and more. People suffering from plantar fasciitis typically feel the sharp pain at the inside of the heel, pain withstanding, and pain when walking.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
First, we want to figure out what is contributing to your plantar fasciitis by taking a history and performing an exam. This will involve orthopedic tests, movement assessments, and evaluation of the soft tissues of the lower extremities. Once we know what is causing your issue, we will perform various soft tissue work, mobilizations, and exercises aimed at improving the biomechanics affecting your plantar fascia.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reduce any activity that increases your pain. Perform the recommended stretching and strengthening exercises. Roll your heel on a golf ball or frozen water bottle. The use of a Strassburg sock may be beneficial.
If you or someone you know is suffering from something like this, give us a call at 402-932-5394 and we would be happy to help!
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