How to fix Plantar Fasciitis

This will be a short, straight to the point article on fixing Plantar Fasciitis. 🙂

The Plantar Fascia

First of all, any medical term ending with “itis” means inflammation of;

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. This thick tissue helps the arch from falling. What happens if the muscles on top of the foot are weak? Will the arch start to fall?Plantar Fasciitis

Now add sports, walking, fitness, dancing or any repetitive strain to the foot. With all the added stresses combined with weak intrinsic muscles on the top, what will happen to the Plantar Fascia? That’s right, it will stretch and micro-tears will develop. Will it become inflamed? Bingo. Plantar Fasciitis

The Cause

Now don’t be overwhelmed with this as THE CAUSE IS NOT THE FOOT. Think about this… if you have a brake pulsation in your car, (the brake pedal pulses up and down when applied) are you going to change the pedal or will your technician look at the warped rotors and change them?Plantar Fasciitis

What about a vibration in the steering wheel? Will you change the wheel or check the rims, tires, rack and linkages?

Yes the foot has become flat, the arch has fallen and you want to address this of course, but remember this is a symptom from the cause. The worse thing you can do is add a support (long term).

The feet are the furthest from the heart. The body is so smart that its added an extra pump in the calf called the Soleus. This pump helps supply oxygenated blood to the foot.

When the blood and nervous system becomes compromised, things don’t work the way it’s designed. Top this off with lack of exercise, poor nutrition, scar issue and weak muscles = Plantar Fasciitis.

So to recap, Plantar Fasciitis is caused by poor blood supply to the foot, weak intrinsic muscles on top of the foot that support the arch, compromised nervous system from a subluxation and or an unstable pelvis.

The Best Fix for Plantar Fasciitis

1.Start by seeing a corrective chiropractor that adjusts to correct any subluxation’s in the lumbar spine.

2. Restore blood supply to the foot. This can be done by breaking up the scar tissue in the Calf and Soleus with trigger point therapy.  How to roll the calf    How to roll the Soleus

3. Pump the foot! Move both feet up and down to help “pump” blood to the foot. This has to be done in opposite directions (one up one down).

Plantar Fasciitis4. work on strengthening the muscles on top of the foot. Wiggle the toes, walk bare feet in the grass and sand (this is the best way). Do the alphabet with your foot. Pick up random stuff around the house with your feet (dog toys, marbles etc).

5. Shock-wave therapy to the plantar. This will break up the scar tissue that’s surrounding the bottom of the foot.

6. LLLT Low Level Light Therapy. This will speed up healing of the Plantar Fascia before scar tissue can lay back down. Shock-wave combined with laser is the best and most proven way to fix Plantar Fasciitis.

Following #1-4 will prevent Plantar Fasciitis from coming back (#2 is very important) and skipping this will be a sure bet it will come back.

You will also notice less pain in your knees and hips as your step becomes altered due to the pain which transfers up.

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