Plantar Fasciitis Relief
Plantar fasciitis relief is often elusive, particularly since proper diagnosis is the key. It is very important to make sure you have an accurate diagnosis and a logical treatment protocol to help resolve this condition. There are many treatments available for plantar fasciitis including:
- Cortisone injections
- Chiropractic manipulation/adjustments
- Physical therapy
- Rehab exercises
- Soft tissue work
- Laser therapy
- A night boot/splint to help the foot stay in a stretched position
- and there are others
There are two types of foot biomechanical dysfunctions that lead to plantar fasciitis. After being properly diagnosed, a specific treatment protocol can be recommended. A combination treatment for the excessively rigid foot includes: chiropractic manipulation/adjustments, stretching of the shortened muscles, soft tissue work to reduce the muscle tightness and adhesions, and home stretching. Sometimes physiotherapy such as ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, ice, or heat is helpful. If the foot is excessively loose and pronating (fallen arch), then taping is often helpful to help support the foot, rehab exercises to help strengthen the intrinsic foot muscles, soft tissue work to release adhesions, and physiotherapy.
Cortisone injections should be avoided as it demineralizes the bone in the area and weakens the ligaments, tendons, and plantar aponeurosis, making you susceptible to further problems down the road. Surgery should be done only in extreme cases. A combination of treatments is best when trying to obtain relief from plantar fasciitis.