At the moment you put your feet out of bed, a double feeling of sharp pain and slenderness under the heel will take your breath away. Is this scene familiar to you? It is also true for many people. This annoying and disabling pain that is exacerbated by running or walking (especially on waking) is caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue band that covers the sole of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis affects about two million people every year. The good news is that this problem is preventable and can be relieved by chiropractic. Faced with this common condition, Drs. Lemay and Pépin, chiropractors, adopt a multidimensional strategy. Why? Because scientific research reveals that no single technique is effective in all cases.
Education on Plantar Fasciitis
As chiropractors believe in empowering patients, they teach them the principles of anatomy that underlie their reasons for consultation. Before developing a care program, they explain that the plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band that covers the entire soles of the foot and ends just at the base of the toes. It acts as an elastic band that keeps the complex arch of the foot, essential for stability and displacement. Plantar fasciitis is not attributable to only one event; It develops slowly, over repeated trauma.
Postural alignment and plantar fasciitis
For chiropractors, the body is an ensemble of which all parts are interconnected. Vertebral health is the basis of this overall vision of well-being, and chiropractors are working to preserve it by detecting and correcting a common condition called vertebral subluxation, which results in loss of spinal flexibility or misalignment Of the vertebrae.
Even a subtle misalignment can be most harmful to the whole organism. For example, vertebral subluxation often causes misalignment of the hip joints, and one can then see that one hip is slightly larger than the other. In turn, a disproportionate force is applied to one knee and one foot, predisposing the person to various musculoskeletal disorders, including plantar fasciitis.
Various treatments for plantar fasciitis
Because they advocate comprehensive health care, chiropractors recommend to their patients, in addition to chiropractic adjustments, different techniques that assist in the relief of pain associated with plantar fasciitis such as therapeutic massage and stretching in the form of “Active Release. They also offer exercises that incorporate movements under the foot with a tennis ball and ice applications using a frozen water bottle.
Stretching for plantar fasciitis
To accelerate healing, chiropractors recommend certain stretches that improve the flexibility of the plantar facia, Achilles tendon and calf muscles. The ideal is to stretch several times a day, especially following an exercise, the evening before bedtime and the morning out of bed.
Buy the best shoes for plantar fasciitis
– At the time of the shopping, wear the same kind of stockings you would wear during the exercise.
– Do your shopping immediately after a workout or in the evening, when your feet are swollen.
– Ask a salesperson to measure your two feet (when you are standing, not sitting). Are your feet different in size? If so, always buy for the biggest foot.
– Make a visual inspection of each shoe. Are the soles at the same level? Are individual components properly bonded? Is the shoe manufactured with “breathable” and soft material? Most famous manufactures provide thoroughly your requirements such as New Balance, Asics, Brook, Skechers, Nike, Adidass,…
– Wear both shoes for at least 20 minutes before buying them. Are the shoes completely comfortable and provide sufficient support when you are running or jumping?
– Ask a salesperson to check if there is at least a space equivalent to your thumb between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Do not check it yourself because the foot position changes when you bend.
Footwear and Foot Fasciitis
Dr. Rosalie and Dr. Jean-François also explain to their patients the connection between footwear and plantar fasciitis. In a normal gait, the weight of the body rests on the heel when the heel touches the ground. The worn the shoes, the less they absorb the shock and then transfer the trauma to the foot. The reduction of the damping accelerates the occurrence of the plantar aponeurosis.
It is the same thing if the shoe is badly manufactured. A triathlon athlete developed a plantar aponeurosis in part because of a faulty running shoe. The heel of good shoes for running had been glued inward, so that the inclination was different from the other.
As the shock absorbers of a car, shoes should be regularly inspected and replaced. Sports shoes worn several times a week should be replaced every three to six months, or about 500 miles. Other factors, such as walking on hard surfaces and obesity, accelerate the decline. In addition to frequently replacing worn shoes, it is important to choose well-built shoes.