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:
- Massage therapy
- Night splints
- Motion control running shoes
- Physical therapy – stretching, exercises, US
- 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.