What is Plantar Fasciitis?
- Inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a band of connective tissue from your heel bone to your toes.
- Your plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot.
- Fascia is like saran wrap over your muscles/ligamentso When the fascia is inflamed, it causes heel pain
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis?
- Overpronation: Feet roll inward when walking
- Tight Calf Muscles
- Tight Achilles Tendons: Ligaments/Tendons that attach to the back of the heel become taut/tight
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
- Heel pain: “Burning Sensation” with the first few steps of getting out of bed
- Heel pain when standing for long periods of time
- Pain when walking up stairs or standing on your toes
- Pain when stretching the fascia/calf muscles: Pulling on the “saran wrap”
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?
o Reduces stress on plantar fascia and supports the arch of your foot
o Stretches the foot’s plantar fascia releasing tension
- Roll a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle back and forth under your foot
- K-Taping techniques, stretches and look out for the Naturopathic Approach in the next blog in the Running Series
If you’re in the neighborhood we invite you pop in to see us at Backs in Action Wellness Centre in East Vancouver.
For more great information on plantar fascia visit: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca