What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Roughly two million Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a pain that occurs on the bottom of the foot. Its name comes from the band of fibers called the planter fascia which run from the heel bone to the base of the toes. Typically, the condition produces a throbbing pain that occurs when trying to get out of bed in the morning, climbing stairs, or standing after a prolonged time of being seated. Other symptoms include a dull ache or stabbing sensation that can affect one or both feet.
It often happens as a result of overuse associated with exercise since long distance walking, running, cycling, or any repetitive aerobic activity can trigger the condition, or as a result of physical factors such as having a flat foot or an high arched foot. Other factors that contribute to plantar fasciitis are wearing poorly padded shoes, standing for prolonged periods of time, and gaining weight. Inflammation of the planter fascia causes the body to create scar tissue which is inflexible and restricts blood flow.
What are Some Common Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a chronic injury that is very difficult to treat. Traditional treatments such as ice, splints, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications may alleviate the pain, but they do not address the underlying cause of the pain which is the scar tissue. Another negative side effect is that plantar fasciitis limits the physical activity of the sufferer which sometimes contributes to worsening of the pain.
Chiropractic care including the Active Release Technique (ART) is a relatively new and successful approach to treating plantar fasciitis. ART targets the soft tissues of the feet where scar tissue has accumulated. Dr. Lido Petrucci will work to restore full flexibility of the feet while breaking down the scar tissue and minimizing pain. An added benefit is that chiropractic care uses therapy to increase the movement, strength, and flexibility of the calf muscle and Achilles tendon. Weakness in these areas can also contribute to plantar fasciitis. Therapeutic methods used include manipulation, stretching, and ultrasound.
Dr. Petrucci can perform these functions in the office and may also recommend home exercises and therapies to further improve the condition. Patients afflicted with the never ending pain of plantar fasciitis should call La Grange Chiropractic in La Grange to schedule a consultation and find out what treatment options are available to them.