Millions of people are walking around every day with foot pain and one of the most typical causes of this is plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the fascia (or tissue) on the bottom of your foot becomes irritated or inflamed causing foot pain.
This is a condition that is super common in runners but can also affect just about everyone else.
Unfortunately, there could a multitude of reasons why you get plantar fasciitis including
Thankfully for you, over the past 8 years, we have treated hundreds of patients with plantar fasciitis and foot pain.
And I have learned a lot about what works, what doesn’t work…
And most importantly, how to make immediate improvements!
The first thing we must understand is the properties of soft tissue and more particularly fascia.
Most people think that the reason they are feeling pain in the bottom of their foot is that the fascia or tissue on the bottom of the foot has become inflamed.
Although there can be significant irritation the bottom of the foot rarely balloons up and becomes swollen like a sprained ankle.
Instead, it is common that this irritation is due to the lack of extensibility or movement of the tissue along the bottom of the foot. When tissues don’t slide and move the way they are supposed to they can become very stiff and lack the proper mobility, thus causing irritation (like a knot that is being pulled in all directions).
When most people hear “inflammation” they instantly turn to ice. It’s a programmed response that we are taught growing up. “If it’s hurt, throw some ice on it”. But that may not be the best solution…
Ice helps the already tight and poorly hydrated tissues to become even more stiff and more dehydrated (hypoxic- lack of oxygen) — Which is obviously not a good thing.
Although ice is good for the pain, it’s horrible for the tissues.
So if we know that stiff & dehydrated tissues = pain then we know that if we create a moist, hydrated, and flexible environment the fascia and tissues will be able to slide much easier!
So in most cases, we’ll suggest using some type of heat to improve the hydration and elasticity of the tissues.
And once those tissues are hydrated and warm they are much easier to massage and stretch.
So if you or someone you know is suffering from foot pain make sure you let them know that it IS NOT something they just have to live with!
In fact, I’ve created a totally Free eBook “7 Easy Ways to End Foot Pain” that can help you (or someone you know) banish foot pain for good. So make sure you check out this awesome free resource.