Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom of the heel. The plantar fascia is a thick, weblike ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot. It supports the arch of the foot and helps the foot walk.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. The plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in daily life. Normally, these ligaments act as shock absorbers, supporting the arch of the foot. Too much pressure on the feet can damage or tear the ligaments, then the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and the inflammation causes heel pain and stiffness.

The major complaint of those with plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel. However,  some people experience pain in the bottom mid-foot area. This develops gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet. Some people describe the pain as dull, while others experience a sharp pain. Some people feel a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel.

The pain is usually worse in the morning when one takes the first steps out of bed, but is also felt  if sitting or lying down for a while. Climbing stairs can be very difficult due to heel stiffness.

After prolonged activity, the pain can flare up due to increased inflammation. Pain isn’t usually felt during the activity but rather just after stopping.

If there are structural foot problems, such as very high arches or very flat feet, one may develop plantar fasciitis. Tight Achilles tendons, which are the tendons attaching your calf muscles to your heels, may also result in plantar fascia pain. Simply wearing shoes with soft soles and poor arch support can also result in plantar fasciitis.

Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders regular activities. Changing the way one walks to minimize plantar fasciitis pain might lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems.

A medical diagnosis is made based on the medical history and physical examination. Usually no tests are necessary.

Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments, including resting, icing the painful area and stretching, in several months. The medical therapies suggested for patients are: physical therapy, night splints, orthotics, and sometimes injections of steroids or surgery to detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone. This surgery is usually only done in severe cases and will weaken the arch in the foot.

The alternative Plantar Fasciitis treatment is to use a combination of foot reflexology with energy work and use of essential oils. The powerful combination of these modalities will calm down the nerves and inflammation of the fascia in the bottom of the foot. If needed, an oil can be provided for the client to take home to continue to reduce the inflammation and pain.