Is plantar fasciitis causing difficulty in walking, affecting your daily life, or compelling you to give up on your favorite sports activities? Is the pain worse when you stand up first thing in the morning or standing up after being off your feet for a while? Have you tried various treatments and not gotten any relief? Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), the all-natural alternative to pain relief, may be the answer for you.
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Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that causes pain under the heel bone often with lengthy walks and prolonged standing. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that lies at the bottom of the foot. It runs from the heel bone to the toe and forms the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia functions as a shock absorber and also supports the arch of the foot.
Too much pressure over the fascia may damage or tear away the tissue and can be a cause of heel pain. It is also possible that when the plantar fascia gets overstretched or overused repeatedly, there may be irritation or inflammation of the fascia.
The risk factors that can make you more prone to developing plantar fasciitis include obesity, foot arch problems such as flat feet and high arch, activities such as long-distance running, ballet dancing and dance aerobics, occupations that necessitate walking or standing on hard surfaces for long period of time, and wearing shoes with poor arch support or thin-soled shoes.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel. The pain develops gradually and may involve either one or both feet at the same time. Pain is usually worse in the morning or may aggravate after standing up for a long time.
Plantar fasciitis can be diagnosed by examining your foot and checking for the signs of flat feet or high arches, tenderness, swelling and redness of the foot and stiffness or tightness of the arch in the bottom of your foot. An X-ray or MRI scan to rule out other causes of heel pain such as a stress fracture or pinched nerve may be ordered.
TreatmentMost patients with plantar fasciitis are effectively treated with the following measures:
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