Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Woking

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What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is on the base of each foot. It runs from the Achilles at the heel across the bottom of the foot to your toes. When it gets inflamed, it can cause sharp pain and be very debilitating for the patient. It can occur in both feet or just one.

How do you cure plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful and frustrating condition that affects the bottom of your foot. As Chiropractors, we don’t treat this; our sports therapists look after our clients with this condition.

Often, we see clients who have had it for over 12 months and have tried numerous things with very little relief. It can be a long-standing condition that takes time.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

It is characterised as pain at the bottom of the heel. It is not limited to there, though, as it can extend along the sole of the foot to the arch. Fascia means a collection of tissues. It is very strong at the base of the foot, as it pushes us up when we contact the floor in a stride. We need our plantar fascia to stay strong so we can walk and push off in stride. 

As we walk every day, you can imagine that it can be tricky to get rid of it as you never let the fascia rest. It is constantly active. 

Three signs of plantar fasciitis:

  1. Pain in the bottom of the foot at the heel bone
  2. It is worse when you get out of bed first thing in the morning.
  3. It gets better with exercise, but when you stop, it gets worse.

The importance of timely treatment

It is key to act fast if you are suffering from any of the symptoms above and seek help from a professional. If not handled quickly, this can turn into a chronic issue that can last 12-18 months.

What is the fastest way to cure plantar fasciitis?

How can I speed up my rotator cuff recovery?

  • Shockwave therapy – the machine directs powerful sound waves at the fascia to help break down the adhesions and reduce inflammation. 
  • Trigger point release-they massage and hold tight areas in the Achilles, calves and fascia in the foot to release it off
  • Assisted stretching of the ankle and foot 
  • Acupuncture to help break down the adhesions and tight areas
  • Prescribe and build custom orthotics to help take pressure off the affected area when walking. We prescribe orthotic insoles in-house, where our clients walk on a force plate to give the best prescription.

Does plantar fasciitis ever go away completely?

Yes, it does go away. How quickly it goes away depends on how quickly the treatment is administered. If you have had symptoms for less than 4 weeks, then it usually responds quicker. The problem is that some of our patients leave it for months, thinking it will go away on its own. Then, the tendons become thicker and more inflamed, meaning it takes longer to heal fully.

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