There seems to be more people coming in our clinic looking for help with their foot and ankle problems these days. My observation is that people are increasingly active outdoors with the warmer weather. They are doing more walking or running on hard surfaces like the sidewalks. If you have recently changed your exercise habits and started walking or running on the sidewalk and if you’re not used to it – it adds a lot of extra weight and pressure to your feet and ankles. If your muscles aren’t strong enough, you’ll feel more pain and extra stiffness.
Just the other day, Kathy, a middle-aged woman told me she was having severe pain in her left heel and she could hardly walk. Kathy decided to pick up running again a couple of months ago. She has been running 3-4 miles two or three nights per week. She noticed that her left heel began to hurt, and the pain worsened upon waking up.
What’s happened is that Kathy’s picked up an injury known as “Plantar Fasciitis”.
Much easier to explain than it is to pronounce it. So I’ll try my best:
It’s basically an injury which you’d recognize from a very sharp “pin prick” like pain underneath your foot. And it comes on from doing too much walking or running, especially “pounding” on hard surfaces. And it can be very painful too. Particularly for the 15 minutes or so when you get out of bed.
Very often, those suffering from plantar fasciitis have been excessively pronating or rolling inwards with their feet for many years. They have fallen arches in their feet. Untreated excessive pronation may eventually lead to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can also be a contributing factor to developing heel spurs.
During the consultation, your specialist physical therapist will carry out a comprehensive examination and observe your gait and running pattern. Treatments may include deep tissue laser therapy, manual therapy, and taping to restore fast healing to the affected area. Specific stretching and strengthening exercises will also be given.
One of the best treatments and preventive methods is the use of custom made orthotics with support for all 3 arches of the foot and premium shock absorption.
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