What is Plantar Fasciitis?
It refers to the inflammation of a thick band of fibrous connective tissue called plantar fascia, which connects the heel to the front of foot. Plantar fascia provides shock absorption and support to the arch. Inflammation of plantar fascia can cause pain and stiffness in heel.
What are the common symptoms?
- Pain at the bottom of foot, starting from medial border of the heel to the arch
- Pain is worse with the first few steps in the morning
- Pain subsides as you get up and move
- Pain is worse when walking barefoot on hard surface
What are the common causes?
- Participating in sports or activities that put repetitive stress on the heel bone, eg. running and dancing
- Having a sudden change of lifestyle, for example changing to a more physically demanding job or increasing the intensity of exercise
- Standing for a long period of time at work
- Wearing inappropriate shoes
How can we help?
Resting, icing and taking anti-inflammatory drugs are often recommended to reduce symptoms of plantar fasciitis. If pain is severe, your doctor may suggest corticosteroid injection. However, these treatment methods can only provide temporary pain relief, rather than fixing the problem causing the pain.
By performing a whole-body assessment from head to toes, we can often find out the root cause of the problem. In most instances, symptoms of plantar fasciitis can be improved significantly by treating other body parts (eg. calf muscle). Based on our clinical experience, most patients can return to what they enjoy doing without medication or injection.
Therefore, do not lose hope even if your condition is not improved after injection because simple hands-on treatment and exercise program can be the solution of your condition.
Our unique approach includes:
- Comprehensive head-to-toe assessment to find out the causes of your problem and all related contributing factors
- Written report with explanation of your condition and recommended treatment plan will be provided
- 100% Hands-on treatment targeting the real causes of your problem and address any mobility issues related to nerves, muscles and joints
- Education on modification of activities to improve your symptoms and prevent further injury
- An individualized home exercise program is prescribed to enable self-management
What would happen if you leave it untreated?
Generally, the longer you have had the injury, the longer it will take to recover. Most of the time, you may assume things will get better by themselves with enough rest. But this is rarely the case, especially if your pain or other symptoms are stopping you from doing what you normally able to do. So, take action and get back doing what you love as soon as possible.