Plantar Fasciitis is a painful syndrome of the Plantar Fascia, which is the thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. The typical symptoms include pain under the heel and can also involve pain along the raised arch of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is typically caused by excessive walking on hard surfaces; shoes that have little or no support for the arch of your foot; a sudden increase in activity; or even an increase in weight gain. In addition to this, tight calf muscles can lead to persistent over-pronation of the foot, thus causing pain in the plantar fascia.
This injury is best treated by rest, or by alleviating the pressure on the foot until the pain subsides. Taping the fascia with zinc oxide tape, in a special technique, alleviates pressure, thus allowing the foot to heal. Applying an ice pack to the painful area can bring much needed relief and, if used regularly, can also reduce pain and inflammation. This, however, will not assist with long-term recovery so it is advisable to perform stretching techniques of the Plantar Fascia as an additional preventative measure.
It is wise to consult a sports injury professional in acute cases where regular treatment has not eased the condition. Painkillers may be prescribed to provide symptomatic relief; sports massage may help in reducing pain; and insoles may be prescribed for shoes, specific to the gait. This is a condition that may be easily remedied.
Dr. Greg Kangleon is a chiropractor in San Diego, CA. For more information about how Dr. Kangleon can help you recover from sports injuries, give our office a call at (858) 361-1341.