I woke up Wednesday morning with pain in my arch and knew exactly what it was. My plantar fasciitis was back. The previous night I had rocked a 30 minute Abs class and a 60 minute spin class.
Plantar Fasciitis tends to creep up on me about 1-2 times per year since I first experience it a few years ago.
It wasn’t until the Fall of 2010 after I ran my first half marathon that I decided to get my foot checked out by a professional. I made an appointment with a podiatrists who immediately diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis after a foot examination and an x-ray. He quickly decided that two cortisone shots to the foot and a tarsal support wrap was the solution to my foot pain. I left and hoped for the best, but two weeks later the pain was back.
It wasn’t until I heard that some chiropractors also treat plantar fasciitis that my foot prayers were answered. I called my chiropractor that I see every once in a while and he told me that he treats about 10 other patients who also suffer from this nagging foot pain. I immediately made an appointment and was excited to see if he could help me.My chiropractor massaged my arch and bottom of my foot with an ultrasound machine. The ultrasound will provides heat to the fascia to increase circulation to speed up healing and reduced the inflammation. He said it could take a few treatments for the pain to go away, but everyone is different so you never know.
My experience was great! The following day my pain was gone!!! Seriously my foot felt fine.Since then I have returned to my chiropractor about 3 times for my plantar fasciitis. Everytime, it gives me trouble I just make an appointment to see my chiropractor and he fixes me everytime. Knock on wood…!
Here are some ways to help prevent Plantar Fasciitis:
- Proper Footwear-if you are going to invest the time and the energy into exercising and living a healthy life I would first invest in a good pair of shoes with proper support. Especially if you have already had your fair share of injuries or are prone to injuries like myself. I have extremely flat feet so I wear inserts that support what little arch I have.
- Warm Up-Begin your workout with a light warm up.
- Stretch-Properly stretch after each workout. I have tight calves which is quite common in those that suffer from plantar fasciitis. I make sure I give my calves special attention after each and every workout. Click here to see some exercises and stretches for plantar fasciitis.
- Massage-Massage your feet reguarly or use a ball to massage the bottom of your feet. You can use a tennis ball or any type of hard ball that you have around the house. I have heard great things about the Rubz Ball, but I have yet to try it out.
- RICE- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. I used the Runner’s Remedy Wrap when I was having Achilles Tendon issues and really enjoyed it. Running Warehouse carries the same type of wrap for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers.
Again, I am not a doctor of any type of fitness professional. This is just what I have found works for me so I thought I would share.
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