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Condition of the Month - Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis comes from the inflammation of your plantar fascia, a fibrous tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. Many symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis include a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel, worsening pain with the first few steps after awakening, triggered pain from long periods of standing or rising from sitting, as well as noticing increased heel pain after working out instead of during exercises. People may have an increased risk of these symptoms can be more common in runners, people who are overweight, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support.
These exercises will help stretch and strengthen that area to help ward off pain and inflammation.
- Place marbles or any other small round or cylindrical object on the floor, i.e nuts, balls, pencils, etc. Pick up each marble with your toes one at a time. Move your foot several inches and drop the marble. Repeat for one minute twice per day or as directed.
- Wearing orthodics that are custom measured for your specific foot, rather than buying generic brand with generic sizes.
- Stretch your calves on a regular basis; sitting on the ground with legs straight in front of you, reach forward trying to touch your toes. If needed use a towel or stretch band around the bottom of your foot to assist your reaching. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, rest 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
- Stretch the bottom of your foot by crossing one leg over the other. Grab your big toe, pull it gently toward you, and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Do this three times, then reverse and do the same with the other foot.
There are many different therapies that can help with plantar fasciitis if it has advanced beyond help from stretching. Something that we offer at Coast Chiropractic Centers that has helped multiple patients with this condition is our Diowave High Dosage Laser Therapy. This therapy is a great non-surgerical tool for you to heal your cells from the inside out. To remember what laser therapy does, remember the acronym CHIP - Increase Circulation, Increase Healing, Decrease Inflammation, Decrease Pain.
If you have any questions about this condition or how Dr. Harcourt at Coast Chiropractic Centers can help this condition, give our office a call at 239-278-3344.