How To Treat Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia band, located in the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed and painful. This thick band of tissue runs across the bottom of your foot connecting to the heel bone.
The most common symptoms are a stabbing pain int he bottom of your foot near the heal and pain is usually the worst in the morning when you get out of bed. The plantar fascia band is tightened and inflamed causing pain.
There are several treatments to end plantar fasciitis. In many cases, plantar fasciitis is caused by improper footwear. People have different foot types and some of the most common foot types are flat feet and high arched feet. If unprotected, both of these foot types can easily develop plantar fasciitis.
It is important to understand which shoes you should wear because different shoes are made for different types of feet and unknowingly, you can be wearing shoes that are actively harming your feet.
The Correct Footwear
At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, one of our podiatrists will help you to understand what type of footwear you need for your specific foot type. We will also recommend specific brands that support your foot type.
Also, a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office will make a custom pair of orthotics for your feet. These orthotics are custom molded to your foot type and walking pattern and as such provide incredible support for your feet. Our patients are amazed at the difference they feel when wearing our orthotics.
Stretching is also very important to heal plantar fasciitis because it can be caused by tight calf muscles and a tight achilles tendon. Wearing a night splint that actively stretches your heal is often recommended. We will also go over with you the specific stretches you can try to alleviate this tightness. A loose plantar fascia band is key to helping this band heal.
Strengthening the plantar fascia band may also be important as the plantar fascia band is likely in a weakened state. Deep tissue massage is effective at relieving tightness and disrupting any moderate scar tissue that has formed.
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