So what is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia wraps around the bottom of the foot, as an extension of the calf muscle. The fascia can become inflamed and can tighten up due to injury or overuse, such as standing or walking for long periods, or overuse from running. The fascia can also pull or tug on the heel bone, or calcaneus, and this can cause a heel spur to grow. The heel can then be very painful when standing or walking.
If you have plantar fasciitis you will usually have the most pain in the morning getting out of bed and you may find yourself hobbling around at first. The fascia may loosen up a little during the day, but then gets worse again at night, and can be very painful. Medical treatment usually involves medication, cortisone shots or surgery.
The good news is that there is natural help for this painful condition!
- Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating the pain and loosening up the muscles and fascia.
- Chiropractic care is important for aligning for spine and hips, which affect the alignment of the knees, ankles and feet.
- Ultrasound therapy is also effective in reducing swelling and pain of the foot.
- Orthotics can be helpful for proper alignment of the foot when standing, walking or running.
- For home care you can take a plastic bottle that has ridges in it and freeze water in it. When frozen you can roll your foot over the bottle to reduce inflammation and pain.
I have had a lot of success treating plantar fasciitis with all of these therapies, and my goal is to help you get well without painful shots or surgeries. Call me at 303-271-1701 if you have any questions.