How can you best treat your PLANTAR FASCITIS?

We have heard this term a lot…PLANTAR FASCITIS, we may have even experienced it or know other who have.   But, what is Plantar Fascitis?

Plantar Fascitis (PF) is an inflammation of the plantar fascia or the tendon of the arch of the foot.  Usually it is an injury due to overuse causing heel pain which may radiate inward to other parts of the foot.  Plantar fascitis may also be known as HEEL SPUR.  The classic signs and symptoms of PF are heel pain under the heel and usually on the inside of the foot.  Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning.  After a few minutes of getting up and moving around, the pain eases a bit, but can get worse again during the day, especially if you are walking around a lot.  

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The best way to deal with Plantar Fascitis is to stop doing activities that aggravate it and give your foot plenty of rest time.  Well, that is all good and great in a “perfect world.”  However, in the world most of us live in that is busy and full of day to day “life” and work and running around we have to be able to come up with ways to take care of PF that will enable us to continue doing the things that we enjoy doing.

Here are some of the things that may help.  

1) Anti-inflammatory agents–  Try rubbing an anti-inflammatory cream with menthol over the area 4x daily.   Supplements such as:  Omega 3- fish oils, 2-3 grams daily; glucosamine sulfate, 1500mg/daily; vitamin C, 1-2 grams daily.  In addition, you may also try adding vitamin E, niacin, calcium, phophorus, zinc, copper, manganese, and antioxidants.

2) You may try an arch support in your shoes.  The fascia of the foot must remain relaxed during walking so try applying a wedge to the heel with a extra thick pad.

3)  Stretching the foot daily may be of help also.  You can do this anywhere you are, at work or at home.  Alternate placing the heel of the foot and the toes on the ground and stretching the foot in the opposite direction.  These stretches may be done several times a day along with applying ice to the foot to numb out the pain.  Ice may be applied 10 minutes at a time and may be repeated as many times as necessary.  Another thing that will help is rolling a golf or tennis ball under the foot where the pain is several times a day, especially in the morning upon waking up.

If none of those work and the pain persists, try COLD LASER THERAPY or Low Level Laser Therapy.  Cold Laser therapy is a safe, natural, non-invasive modality that uses laser light to reduce pain and restore function and integrity.  Laser therapy is pain-free, non-invasive, FDA approved and reduces pain and gets you back to your life in no time.  The treatments typically last between 5-10 minutes each session and the number of sessions needed depend on the condition we would be treating and your response to care.  The laser works so well that you will be able to feel the difference and feel a reduction of your pain within the first couple of treatments.  For this reason, the laser is an excellent treatment option for athletes, in particular.  The laser can heal their condition in no time and return them back to playing and enjoying the games they love.

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