Plantar fasciitis: a condition in which repetitive weight-bearing stress irritates and inflames the tough connective tissues along the bottom of the foot. It is characteristic of a sharp heel pain that can be felt along the bottom of the inside of the foot. This can occur with runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot. Another susceptible group is middle-aged people who have spent a lot of time on their feet. Proper diagnosis and treatment is necessary to ensure patients get back on their feet.
As practitioners, it’s hard to imagine the daunting task a patient goes through of swinging your feet out of bed and looking forward to the day knowing your first 10-20 steps are going to be excruciating due to plantar fasciitis pain in the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a very debilitating issue for patients. It can be a very frustrating condition because many home remedies and suggestions from practitioners may not be all that helpful. Let’s touch on 5 tips for practitioners to address the function of why a patient’s pain is in the foot using a fluid motion approach.
by Mary Biancalana
For athletes who are training hard, the stabbing pain of plantar fasciitis is all too common. Most often, when pain is felt into the bottom of the foot, it is instantly diagnosed as “plantar fasciitis.” I say, let’s take a hard look at all the reasons there might be pain in the bottom of the foot and try to eliminate those reasons. And, let’s not be too quick to give a medical condition to everyone who experiences pain or discomfort.
So before you pull out that cold pack, ask yourself: What about trigger point therapy?