Welcome to Foot Talk Fridays!
Today we will be discussing Plantar Fasciitis which is a very painful heel condition.
So, with plantar fasciitis the heel bone becomes inflamed and it’s because it’s a strong band of fascia that attaches from the heel to the forefoot.
It keeps the integrity of the arch of the foot up, but if your arch is relaxing or dropping or your foot is beginning to lean in a little bit, then the plantar fascia will engage and pull taut. Where it engages into the heel bone becomes inflamed and it is actually the heel bone outer casing that becomes very painful, especially if you are sleeping or sitting for a long time you go to stand up then the heel bone is at its’ most painful. Then when you walk for maybe twenty steps it begins to feel a lot better.
Unfortunately, during the walking and standing that you’re doing (while it feels better) the plantar fascia band is pulling on that part of the injured heel bone and it inflames it so that when you rest or sleep for a while the inflammation shows up.
So, what we do to reduce plantar fasciitis is we lift the arch back up again and we tilt the foot a little bit until the ankle straight so the plantar fascia can go back to being relaxed and only engage when there’s an emergency (e.g. if you jump off of a wall, or jump off and landed with your feet quite strongly) the plantar fascia engages in those instances and soon engages all the time. All we do is put it back to its’ rested position so that the bones that attaches into gets better.
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