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Plantar Fasciitis


Our treatments include orthotics, radial pulse wave, and laser therapy,.

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ABOUT PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar Fasciitis is often a difficult word to pronounce, but a very common condition. This latin phrase is derived from; plantar, which is the sole of the foot; fascia, which is connective tissue that holds the tendons in your feet together; and itis, which is inflammation.

When you put the whole phrase together, plantar fasciitis literally means inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of your feet. 

Plantar Fasciitis is typically characterized by pain in the heel. It is a common differential diagnosis to morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia, neuropathy, and radiculopathy. These are conditions we commonly treat at Blue Mountain Wellness through natural healing. 

CAUSES OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar Fasciitis is most commonly caused by overuse. Repetitive stress to the feet will cause inflammation, much like repetitive stress to a tennis player’s arm can cause tennis elbow, or a singer can have vocal injuries from too much strain. Labor intensive jobs on concrete surfaces are the culpurate for a lot of overuse injuries resulting in plantar fasciitis.

Modern society calls for us to wear shoes nearly everywhere we go. The footwear we use limits the ability of all the intrinsic (small/deep) muscle fibers in our feet to work properly. This often translates to repetitive overuse and pronation of the normal arch in the foot. 

In a shoeless world, the intrinsic muscles would be strong enough to support a normal arch because they would be firing as intended. Most modern footwear does not permit these muscles to work as they should – similarly to an office worker spending hours each day at a desk, or a truck driver who is seated is not utilizing their core strength and is more prone to low back injury. 

Everyone at the practice was very kind and knowledgeable. Great experience with front desk staff and both doctors.

-Leah W.

SYMPTOMs OF Plantar Fasciitis


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TREATMENT OPTIONs

Custom foot orthotics are an excellent choice for correcting pronation in the foot, and stabilizing a normal arch. Orthotics allow for the foot to be in a neutral position, so there is less repetitive stress to the fascia (connective tissue) in the foot. It is important when dealing with plantar fasciitis to get a custom orthotic that is built to support the 3 arches in your foot. Those are the lateral, transverse, and medial arch. A proper custom orthotics also should also take into perspective height, and weight, sole width, and activity level. 

Rolling an inflamed foot on a frozen bottle of water can help break up adhesions in the sole of the foot, while cooling and reducing inflammation with the ice. Doing this daily after being on your feet for 5-10 minutes can accelerate healing drastically. 

For chronic foot pain, it is not advised to turn to NSAIDS such as ibuprofen. While the anti-inflammatory drug may take the edge off, they will not fix the underlying problem and continued use of these drugs can lead to other complications such as gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding. 

Natural supplements such as turmeric and curcumin may help with chronic inflammation, as well as CBD cream, and essential oils to soothe the irritated connective tissue. 

Surgical intervention for plantar fasciitis is much like carpal tunnel surgery, where the fascia is released with a surgical incision to cut the connective tissue. This treatment requires 6 weeks of recovery and up to 3 months of no running or jumping. Surgical intervention should be a last ditch effort for even the most severe plantar fasciitis. 

A non surgical option is radial pulsewave. This device uses compressed air and a ‘bullet’ which creates increased blood flow to the bottom of the feet. The therapy induces a microtrauma which increases blood flow, breaks up adhesions, and facilitates healing. 

Class 4 laser is another powerful therapy that accelerates healing at a cellular level by photobiomodulation. This therapy mates very well with radial pulse wave. 

There are 2 muscles that attach to your heel, these are the gastrocnemius and soleus which make up your calf muscles. Visit our youtube page to see examples of these stretches. 

Walking around barefoot is a great option once the inflammation is under control. Increasing the core strength of the feet by working the intrinsic muscles through natural barefoot walking will help keep plantar fasciitis from coming back. 

Schedule an appointment for a complimentary 3D arch analysis of your feet to find out if our plantar fasciitis treatment may be right for you. Our office is equipped with radial pulsewave, custom orthotics, class 4 laser, nutrition, and board certified doctors who can formulate a strategy to optimize your recovery. 

Our Chiropractic Techniques


Laser Therapy

Warm Infrared Laser Therapy is a great low-risk technique to treat chronic pain. It reduces inflammation and promotes healing and pain relief.

Radial Pulse Wave

Radial Pulse Wave Therapy uses ultrasound technology to send radial pulse waves into the tissue causing it to break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to allow the treatment area to heal itself, naturally.

Orthotics

Orthotics are a prescription device worn inside your shoe to correct issues and condition. Orthotics help with pain, posture and much more.

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