Injuries and Conditions we can treat
At Physio K, all problems of the movement system can be treated.
Here are some of the most common injuries or conditions we are qualified to treat:
> Muscle and Tendon Pain
> Sports Injuries
Technically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick sheet of connective tissue at the bottom of the foot. However, this diagnosis is frequently given to any number of conditions causing pain around the heel or at the foot sole. This pain is often concentrated near the heel and is often worse when getting up in the morning and at night.
The conventional view of plantar fasciitis is that it is caused by tightness in the foot as a result of overuse or sometimes due to tight calves. Stretching of these muscles and some foot exercises were traditionally given as a treatment, but this is a very simplistic view. In reality, there are many causes of this condition. Tight calves or stiffness in the achilles tendon could be one of them, but many times the root cause can be a lot higher in the body. Successful treatment of plantar fasciitis must involve a comprehensive biomechanical analysis to determine which factors are contributing to the condition.
Common Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms and Treatments
Many times, the reason for this issue is fascia tightness somewhere in the body. There are sheets of fascia (connective tissue) covering, running through, over, under, and around every muscle of the body. There are some sheets that connect various muscles together in series. These are sometimes known as myofascial lines or myofascial meridians. Through these lines, all muscles in the body are connected and a pull in one part of the body can affect other parts as well. One of these lines is intimately involved in plantar fasciitis. It is commonly known as the superficial back line. This line starts at the tips of your toes, runs under your feet, up your calves and hamstrings, up the pelvis and spine, over your neck and head and eventually stops at your eyebrows. Tension or imbalance of this line and its structures can all be transmitted to the bottom of the feet, right through the plantar fascia.
Many times, tightness of the lower back is contributing to your plantar fasciitis. Re-balancing and possibly releasing this superficial back line can often resolve plantar fasciitis.
Various movement restrictions of the big toe or scar tissue at the bottom of the foot is also a common cause of plantar fasciitis. This is caused by excessive stresses being placed on these tissues.
Like most other musculoskeletal problems in the body, plantar fasciitis doesn’t have a single solution that works for everyone. However, using a comprehensive assessment of the body followed by specific soft-tissue release, movement assessment and re-education, some corrective exercises and sometimes orthotics, most cases can be permanently resolved in short order.
If you experience pain at the foot sole, don’t endure the pain and definitely don’t let it build up until you have a bigger problem. Sometimes it can be helpful to get insoles by the help of a podiatrist.
Watch a video on how to get better flexibility in your feet.