Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Successfully treating plantar fasciitis pain is notoriously difficult. This difficulty is in part due to the fact that it’s difficult to give necessary rest to this part of the body (the plantar fascia), given that we literally stomp on our plantar fascia 10,000 times or more per day. Regardless of the reason though, the important point is that it’s quite common to find that you need to try numerous practitioners and treatments out before you find success with treatment for plantar fasciitis pain.
Routinely effective soft tissue treatments that easily manage the likes of tennis elbow, can often fall flat on their face when used as treatment for plantar fasciitis and heel pain. As a practitioner it is all too easy to pick up your most effective soft tissue ‘tool’ and find that it has no effect whatsoever on a case of treatment for plantar fasciitis pain. This uncomfortable fact of clinical life clearly calls for clinicians like us to adopt a flexible and determined approach with treatment for plantar fasciitis pain.
There are basically 2 kinds of exercises that are used as treatment for plantar fasciitis pain. Exercises that seek to treat the pain itself by stretching the connective tissue to provide relief, and those that seek to strengthen the underlying muscle imbalances that caused the problem in the first place.
The typical stretch / pain management exercises used as treatment for plantar fasciitis pain and heel pain involve bending the foot (often using the body weight) to stretch the soft tissues. This type of exercise seeks to work as treatment for plantar fasciitis pain and heel pain by restoring flexibility to the plantar soft tissues.
The typical strength based exercise for managing the underlying weaknesses that cause stress in the heel and plantar fascia involve ‘functional’ weight bearing exercises like those we do on wobble boards and in gyms. These exercises target not only the strength of the foot itself but also the knee and hip where foot stability is largely dictated.
They key takeaway from this if you are seeking relief for plantar fasciitis pain is that a major part of the problem you most likely have is muscle weakness in the foot and leg.
In our experience it can be very very hard to use stretching type exercises as treatment for significant plantar fasciitis pain. Once there is scar tissue in the foot the majority people need hands on treatment for the pain.
Our experience has also been that people who strengthen their whole lower limb recover faster and suffer far fewer relapses after their treatment for plantar fasciitis pain and heel pain.