Plantar Fasciitis

March 2014
Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation
 of a thick band of tissue, the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after waking, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or getting up from a seated position. 
Normally, the plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch of your foot. If tension on the fascia becomes too great, it can create small tears. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed. Plantar fasciitis is commonly found in long distance runners, people who are overweight, or those who wear shoes with inadequate support. 
Factors that may increase risk of developing plantar fasciitis:
  • Age - Common between the ages of 40 & 60. 
  • Certain types of exercise - long distance running, ballet dancing, and aerobics (activities that place a lot of stress on your heel). 
  • Poor Foot Mechanics - being flat footed, having a high arch, or having an abnormal pattern of walking. 
  • Obesity
  • Occupation - Factory workers, Teachers, and others who spend most working hours walking or standing on hard surfaces. 
A typical treatment plan at our office would consist of Chiropractic adjustments,  physical therapy, ultrasound, or massage of the plantar fascia. Also, custom orthotics may be an option for you as well.
Usually no lab tests are necessary. The diagnosis is made based on the history and physical examination. Occasionally and x-ray or MRI may be performed to rule out other problems, such as stress fracture or a pinched nerve. Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments in just a few months. 

Plantar Fasciitis
Here is a list of home-care techniques we give to our patients that suffer with 
Plantar Fasciitis:
  • Roll your foot over a tennis ball.
  • Roll your foot over a frozen water bottle. 
  • Stretch your arches, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles.
  • Change up your sport (try something low impact - swimming).
  • Don't wear worn-out athletic shoes. (Running = 500 miles).
  • Choose supportive shoes - avoid high heels, check for good arch support and shock absorbency. Avoid bare feet. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Get a massage from one of our experienced Massage Therapists.
  • Use PanAway Essential Oil along the bottom of your foot up through calf and shin area.
  • Meet with Karen and learn some stretching exercises. (Many people find that doing stretches daily keeps their pain at bay.) 
  • Have Dr. Brent or Dr. Heidi tape your arches. This is a cost-free way to find out if you NEED more support to that arch. The next step is shoe-inserts or custom orthotics.

In This Issue:
Home Care Advice
Essential Oils '101'
 Essential Oils '101'

What To Do/Not Do With Essential Oils:

DO Keep your oils tightly closed. Do not leave open 

for a long time because some of them will evaporate.


DO use a carrier oil if the essential oil on your skin gets too hot. NOT water!


DO put essential oils on your feet - it is the safest place.


Do NOT expose your oils to sunlight. Keep them in cool, dark places.


Do NOT place near cell phones or outlets. 

Supplement Of The Month:
Wheat Germ Oil 
by Standard Process

Wheat germ oil, with the anti-oxidant Vitamin E provides phytochemicals that support the immune system and the body's natural inflammatory response function.

If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, we recommend Wheat Germ Oil, from Standard Process to aid in the healing process.  There are also many other natural supplements to help reduce inflammation in this area. Set up your free consult with Karen to learn more!


 Available for purchase at Scheideman Chiropractic.
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