The Stabbing Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Experiencing significant pain is a frustrating situation for countless individuals… especially when you are reminded of this pain with every step you take. Effecting nearly 3 million people per year, plantar fasciitis is an extremely painful foot condition. Normally seen in feet with a loss of a normal arch, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is soft tissue that connects and holds the heel bone and toes together. This inflammation causes shearing pain in the foot, resulting in a stabbing pain near the heal (this is often worse in the morning).

What causes this loss of arch in our feet and this painful condition? Usually resulting from lack of improper muscle movement, to wearing poor fitting, bulky shoes which prevent “feedback” from walking on the ground to simply a lack of proper foot exercises.

What can you do to treat this condition?

When deciding on therapy, it’s always a good rule of thumb to begin with the least invasive measures first. Treatment varies from steroid injections, icing, extremity adjusting by a qualified chiropractor, physical therapy and shoe orthotic inserts. It’s important to note an orthotic should be a functional orthotic; allowing the foot to remain in a neutral and moveable position.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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