The Plantar Fascia is a ligament located on the bottom of the foot. It functions by attaching the ball of the foot to the front of the heel. It is important in maintaining arch height and providing stability to the foot when you walk. When there are problems with the way you walk, increased stress on the Fascia causes injury and subsequently pain. Biomechanical problems can include the big toe having too much movement, the foot over pronating (arch collapsing) or the ankle being restricted or stiff in its movement increasing stress on the Plantar Fascia.
Typically the Fascia will try to repair itself when you sleep or sit for extended periods. Once you stand up and put weight on the Fascia, you tear the ligament and thwart these attempts to heal the Fascia. This explains why pain is often worse first thing in the morning or after standing from sitting for longer periods of time.
One of the more effective solutions is to support the arch with a custom foot orthotic. Custom orthotics in Nanaimo will limit the stretch on the Plantar Fascia. Once you limit the repetitive strain on the Fascia; the inflammation and the pain it causes will generally resolve over a period of 6-8 weeks. As you are correcting the biomechanics with custom orthotics, you will need to stretch the tight Achilles tendon and use cold laser, ice and ultrasound to decrease inflammation and speed up healing.
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Katia Langton is trained as a doctor of Chiropractic. She is the owner and operator of Oceanwalk Pedorthic Footcare and is also the Secretary of the Diabetic Foot Stream Committee of the International Diabetes Federation and co-authored the latest IDF guidelines to protect The Diabetic foot from breakdown.