When it comes to getting around or enjoying physical activity, you need your feet to be healthy and pain-free. However, dealing with the discomfort and pain of plantar fasciitis can stop you in your tracks. Fortunately, finding a regenerative medical practitioner where you live who can help you find relief is not difficult. Learn more about plantar fasciitis and how integrative medicine can treat the pain at its source.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
A thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot runs between the toes and the heel bone and acts like a rubber band. This is called the plantar fascia, which forms one of the two arches underneath your foot.
Plantar fasciitis refers to the presumed inflammation of this tissue, causing stabbing pain in the bottoms of the feet that can make it difficult to walk or stand. For many people with this condition, the discomfort often happens during the morning’s first steps. As you move around, the pain can decrease, but it might recur when standing after a period of inactivity.
Fortunately for most people with this pain that is called plantar fasciitis, the pain is not coming from the plantar fascia or even the feet. Just like headaches do not come from your head, foot pain does not come mostly from the feet. The best clue is “where specifically are you tender?” When you touch and squeeze, are you more tender to this touch at the bottoms of your feet, or the back of your legs in your calf muscles? For most, it is the injuries to the calf fascia and muscles that results in foot pain and what we call plantar fasciitis.
Cause and Risk Factors
Plantar fasciitis is thought to stem from excessive stress to the plantar fascia, but more often the more important stress is to the calf muscles and fascia in the back of the legs. Contributing injuries usually started in childhood – jumping down the steps, jumping out of trees and off the swing set, and many of us jumped off the roof.
There are, certain factors can put people at greater risk for plantar fasciitis:
- Being 40 to 60 years old and losing resilience in your fascia
- Having flat feet, high arches, or a foot shape that causes increased calf or foot stress while walking or standing
- Carrying extra pounds or being overweight
- Working a job that requires a lot of walking or standing
- Engaging in exercises or activities that put a lot of stress on the heel or plantar fasciitis, such as running, aerobics, or ballet dancing
Notice that these risk factors all involve increased work for injured calf muscles and tendons.
The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis may be more common than you think. It affects approximately two million people in the U.S., and about 10% of adults will develop this condition at some point.
The Best Way to Treat Plantar Fasciitis
In some cases of fascial damage, giving tissues time to heal may be enough to relieve the pain. However, plantar fasciitis may not go away on its own. The tender calf muscles and plantar fascia need to be made much less tender. This may be accomplished more quickly with trigger point injections, prolotherapy, and PRP needle surgeries. If you have this problem and despite treatment it has been bothering you for more than a few months, a local regenerative doctor could be just the expert you need.
For healing injured fascia, ligaments, and tendons, the key to relief is regenerating the healing process, which begins with reinjuring the affected area. Although this may seem scary, it’s much safer than it sounds. With this integrative medical approach, the body undergoes controlled and targeted stress to stimulate natural healing.
An integrative doctor at Blatman Health and Wellness Center in Cincinnati or New York can offer several options to restart the healing process. One is prolotherapy, which involves an injection of novocaine and dextrose into the injured area. Your provider may also recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections or acupuncture. All of these methods kickstart natural healing by allowing the production of fibroblast cells that rebuild the damaged tissue.
Regenerative Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis in Cincinnati and NYC
The integrative medical providers at Blatman Health and Wellness Center are experienced in using natural healing to treat plantar fasciitis. In addition to regenerative tissue repair, we can supplement your treatment with other therapies and nutritional counseling. Don’t let plantar fasciitis interrupt your daily activities. Take the first step towards lasting relief by contacting our skilled and compassionate integrative medical team today.