Understanding Plantar Fascia will Help You Recover From Heel pain and Foot Pain Faster
Plantar fasciitis is among the most frequent causes of foot pain or heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot joining the heel bone to your feet. Over the years we have treated thousands of patients with foot pain, heel pain, and plantar fascia pain. Some sought treatments from centers and clinics that did them more harm than good. We have decided to write about plantar fasciitis, heel pain and foot pain to help patients avoid questionable practice. Furthermore, a better understanding of your feet or foot pain will speed up your recovery. Before we get in an in-depth discussion on plantar fasciitis, it might serve better to provide some necessary information on the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia is a thin, long connective tissue directly beneath the skin of the foot. It is a ligament or an aponeurosis that supports the foot arch; running from the heel (calcaneus) to the ball-of-the-foot, and from the ball-of-the-foot to the toes. The ball-of-the-foot is the padded part of the sole (bottom of the foot) between the toes and the arch. You can feel your plantar fascia by holding and pulling your toes back. The rope-like structure in the middle of the foot is your plantar fascia. Now, let’s review the function or the plantar fascia.
What is the Function of Plantar Fascia?
The primary purpose of the plantar fascia is to provide support during weight-bearing activities. Your feet are the pillar of your body needs for support. During standing or walking the body’s weight comes down crushing of the Talus. The Talus is the first bone in your ankle that connects to your shinbone (from the knee). As the body’s weight crushes on the talus, it is distributed to the other smaller bones including the ones at the ball-of-the-foot. The distribution of body’s weight onto foot bones causes a drop in the foot arch. Your plantar fascia prevents excessive flattening of the foot, preventing it from collapsing. To conclude, the primary function of the plantar fascia is to keep and maintain the foot as a stable and strong during stand or mobile phases of gait (standing and walking).
The plantar fascia can get irritated and inflamed when the body is under excessive stress or subjected to repetitive activities. As mentioned, plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. It is most commonly caused by strain injury causing micro-tears to the ligament as it attaches to the heel bone or other areas of tightness on the sole. The condition is more common in the overweight and individuals that wear shoes without sufficient support under the arch.
What Symptoms are Associated with an Inflamed or Irritated Plantar Fascia?
Plantar fasciitis typically induces a sharp or stabbing foot pain at the base of the foot near the heel. Often, patients complain of a nail or pea, causing a poking or nailing-like pain into the heel. The pain is most severe with the morning’s first step. But, is also triggered by extended periods of standing or raising-up from sitting position. Many have asked us the reason why their plantar fascia becomes painful.
The actual mechanisms of injury or cause may not be apparent in most cases. However, in almost all cases it is the results of increased stresses placed on the plantar ligament. Under ordinary conditions, your plantar fascia behaves as a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch on your foot. If tension and pressure onto this bowstring exceed the fasciae’s maximum threshold, little tears can emerge in the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia is intended to absorb the large pressures and strains we put on our toes. But occasionally, too much stress damages or rips the cells. The human body’s natural reaction to trauma is inflammation, which leads to the mind stiffness and pain of plantar fasciitis.
The following symptoms are common in plantar fasciitis:
- Pain at the heel (it may impact the entire heel or just a portion of the heel)
- Morning foot pain (intense pain the moment the heel touches the floor)
- Moderate to severe pain after exercise or activity. During activity is can be painless. Pain may come moments or hours after exercise.
Home Test for Inflamed or damaged Plantar Fascia
There are a couple of things you a test at home to see if your heel pain is related to plantar fasciitis. Here are some of the sings or tests you can do at home:
- Do you have a high arch?
- Is there a pinpoint tenderness at the bottom of your foot, just in front of your heel bone or along the sides of your heels? Pain near directly in front of the heel bone is often associated with plantar fasciitis. Pain on sides of your heels may be related to a heel spur. Having pain in both areas is often indicative of a combined issue.
What is the Link between Inflamed Plantar Fascia and a Heel Spur?
Though a lot of individuals with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs, spurs aren’t the reason for plantar fasciitis pain. One out of 10 individuals have heel spurs, but just 1 out of 20 individuals (5 percent) with heel spurs have foot discomfort. A heel spur isn’t the reason for plantar fasciitis. But, a chronic or neglected plantar fasciitis can lead to heel spurs.
Are There Risk Factors in Heel Spurs or Fasciitis at the Bottom of the Foot?
Though plantar fasciitis may arise with no apparent cause, factors which can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. We have briefly discussed both below:
- Particular kinds of exercises or activities that put a great deal of pressure in your heel and connected tissue — like long distance jogging, ballistic skipping activities, ballet dance and aerobic dancing — may donate to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis or a heel spur.
What is the Best Home Care for Plantar Fascia or Heel pain?
More than 90 percent of individuals with plantar fasciitis, foot pain or heel pain will recover within ten weeks of beginning simple therapy procedures at home. The simplest and most effective is rest; decreasing or perhaps quitting painful activities should be your first step.
Ice is extremely beneficial for an inflamed plantar fascia or heel spur. Start icing at home two to three times each day. Make sure to have the ice pack covered with a towel. The direct icing on feet or body parts can lead to severe burns. Also, avoid icing the areas longer than 15-minutes. So, use a timer, and never ice sooner than once every two hours.
How should you Treat Foot Pain, Heel Pain, Heel Spur or Inflamed Plantar Fascia?
Orthopedic surgeons may recommend injections or surgery, but you will do much better with conservative treatment. Plantar fasciitis is a mechanical disorder resulting from stresses that damaged tissues at the bottom of your foot. Medication and injections can mask the symptoms, but they will never fix the causes. Therefore, opt for a targeted, holistic treatment option for lasting relief. Our clinical teams of Chiropractors and physiotherapists have a better understanding of the mechanisms of injury. Best of all, our non-surgical and non-invasive methods have even helped those that steroidal injections or surgery worsened. So, opt for our centers. Get the best possible care you can.
What is the best Foot Pain Treatment (Heel spur treatment and Plantar Fascia Treatment)?
If you suffer from foot pain, heel pain, heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, we are the to-go-to center in Malaysia. Our methods are based on latest established protocols that target the causes of heel pain or foot pain. In short, the level of expertise and knowledge our clinical teams have is second to none. In our center, we use ultrasound, interferential current therapy, physical therapy (manual methods of physiotherapy) and best targeted chiropractic treatment for your foot bones, ankle joints, and even shinbone, when needed.
Should you have Foot Surgery for your Plantar Fascia or Heel Spurs?
Reputable surgeons will recommend surgery after 12 weeks of aggressive nonsurgical therapy. In other words, if an aggressive non-surgical treatment fails to produce results, surgery may become an option.
Gastrocnemius recession is the most common surgical intervention for plantar fasciitis. In gastrocnemius recession, one of the two muscles, which comprise the calf, is lengthened to improve the movement of the ankle. The process can be carried out using a conventional, open incision or with an incision along with an endoscope, an instrument that includes a camera.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections and Steroid Injections for Plantar Fascia Pain, Heel Spurs, and Foot Pain is a Shame
Do yourself a favor and stay a million miles away from steroidal injections. This useless procedure is beneficial to pharmaceuticals and those who inject it into their patient. Cortisone, a kind of steroid, and as it goes with any steroid there are some nasty side effects. Besides, it is not a fixer or a cure! It only provides momentary relief of inflammatory processes at best. But worse is the fact any injections into damaged tissue induces new inflammatory processes. This is why so many hurt more after a steroid injection. So don’t let them talk you into it
The Chiropractic Specialty Center Difference When it comes to Plantar Fascia Treatments or Heel Pain Treatment
If you want the best, call us. Your feet will be better when we treat them. But, don’t take our word for it. Come to us, let our team assess your foot pain and explain our non-surgical treatment options. Then go to others and see what they offer. Compare us to them. You will notice our difference, like the thousands of patients before you. Our successes are the results of our commitment to being the best not just in Malaysia, but also internationally. This is why; we get so many patients visiting our center from all over the world. We have treated patients as far away as Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. They come us not just as tourists who visit Malaysia but come to Malaysia to be treated by us.