Monday, July 15, 2019

Struggling With Plantarfasciitis? Everything You Need To Know...

Struggling With Plantar Fasciitis?

Everything You Need To Know...

Plantar fasciitis… to people outside of the medical world, the name itself gives very little away. But, while its title might be a mouthful, its symptoms are certainly a lot more familiar: stabbing pains, and burning, aching, and dull discomfort throughout the bottom of the foot are but some of it’s well known trademarks. Many people suffer from plantar fasciitis on a daily basis, yet its causes and treatment might surprise you. If you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who struggle to overcome this affliction, keep reading – we’re here to tell you everything there is to know!

First thing’s first: what is it? Well, it’s a condition characterized by inflammation in the plantar fascia, a ligament which connects your heel to the front of the foot. The plantar fascia is incredibly important in supporting the arch of your foot, and is thus equally vital in ensuring a strong, supported, even gait. Its position is such that it spreads across the foot in a tangled web, of sorts, and it’s inflammation can therefore cause pain and discomfort in an array of ways.

So, why do we experience this inflammation? Having an inflamed plantar fascia, that is, suffering from plantar fasciitis, can be the result of various endeavors in our lives. Some of the following might hit a little closer to home than others – take a look:

     Being Overweight – Obesity or excess weight can dramatically increase your chances of suffering from plantar fasciitis. Extra pounds add pressure to the joints and muscles in the feet, thereby placing stress on the plantar fascia ligaments. The prolonged stress of carrying excess weight causes the ligament to strain and become inflamed, thus leading to plantar fasciitis.

         Long Distance Running – The high-impact nature of running can be detrimental to the plantar fascia ligaments in your feet, and the constant pounding impact experienced by the joints, muscles, and plantar fascia as your connect with the tarmac eventually cause inflammation and resultant pain.

       Poor Footwear – Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by the use of improper footwear. Shoes that do not support the foot correctly can cause stress to be placed on the plantar fascia ligament. The result? You guessed it… inflammation.

       Tight/Overworked Muscles – Not paying enough attention to the mobility of your feet can often lead to stagnation, tightness, and inflammation. If your feet are not being moved, stretched, and kept supple, the plantar fascia practically seizes up, leaving you with inflammation and serious pain.

        Flat Feet – it may be that your plantar fascia has more to do with your physiology than any one action on your part. Oftentimes, flat feet, that is, a condition where the arch of the foot is collapsed and the entire foot almost touches the ground, can be the cause. In this case, the plantar fascia is being severely stressed, and the resultant inflammation is due to an inability to rectify the situation.

      High Arches – As with flat feet, having very high arches may also lead to issues. In this case, though, the plantar fasciitis is stressed in the opposite direction. Similarly, however, inflammation is the result.

Now that you’re aware of why you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis, it’s time to get to grips with what can be done about it. Firstly, leaving it to disappear on its own is a mistake: it won’t. In fact, it’s most likely to get a lot worse if left untreated. The decision to get treatment has to be made: once you do that, you’re well on your way to health.

And while it may seem as though this affliction is best overcome with the use of painkillers and surgery… that just isn’t true. In fact, plantar fasciitis is actually most effectively treated by a physical therapist. In fact, physical therapy is so effective in treating plantar fasciitis that, in most cases, patients are not only relieved of pain, but find that they are more active, more mobile, and more confident than ever before. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s because physical therapy finds the root cause of the problem, treats it accordingly, and gives you the tools to maintain your pain free life. But that’s really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what physical therapy can do to help you with plantar fasciitis – take a look below:

-Physical therapy identifies the real cause of your plantar fasciitis, thereby giving you real answers and real knowledge about your affliction

-Physical therapy is hands-on, meaning you no longer have to take painkillers or be on bed-rest for days at a time. A dedicated, professional physical therapist is able to use specialized, targeted techniques to alleviate your pain and boost your healing process.

     -Physical therapy will reduce the inflammation so that the plantar fascia can finally heal.

     -Physical therapy will afford you the opportunity to alter your daily activities for the better – under the guidance of an expert physical therapist, you’ll learn the best, most effective ways for overcoming your pain, right now.

     -Physical therapy guides you on your path to health by giving you expertly crafted, tailor-made exercises and stretches for you to do at home. This means that you can reach your goal of a pain-free life… and that you can MAINTAIN it.

       -Physical therapists offer advice that can be life-changing. From the possibility of shoe inserts, to the exercises you can start doing outside of the physical therapy rooms, your physical therapist will guide you every step of the way.

     -Physical therapy gives you what no other treatment can: care. A physical therapist will offer you support when you need it most.

At the end of the day, plantar fasciitis can steal your joy and rob you of mobility, family time, and cherished activities. There is hope, though, and by visiting a qualified, dedicated, hands-on physical therapist, you can finally get back to the pain-free life you deserve. Don’t wait for the pain to get any worse – make the decision to get help, right now.

Get Back To Exercising After An Injury With These 5 Tips!

Get Back to Exercising After An Injury with These 5 Tips!

Injuring ourselves is often a devastating blow to our exercise regime. Many people are told by doctors, family or friends, or even Google, that they are not to continue with their fitness program, to stop doing the activities they love, and to rest the injured area until its better. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be this way! We understand how important exercise is to you, and that’s why we’re giving you 5 tips on how to get back to the activities and workouts you love in no time!

When we hurt ourselves, we often feel that the best thing to do is to rest the injured muscle or joint. And while this may sound like good advice, the truth is that taking a “rest time” might actually be setting you back even more!

That’s right. Take, for example, an avid runner who accidentally sprains his ankle and is unable to run for over 2 months. He decides that resting the ankle is the best thing for it. Yet, while he puts it up on the sofa, his muscles stiffen, the ligaments tighten, he loses movement in the ankle, AND his fitness level drops considerably. Now, after two months of rest, his recovery period has doubled while his endurance has halved.

All too often we see patients going through the same problems as the example above. Why? Take a look.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they injure themselves:

    1.  They rest the area for too long, thus causing their recovery time to increase significantly whilst their fitness levels drop accordingly.  
 2. They take prescription medication to mask the pain rather than address the root cause of the problem. In this case, the pain endures and is often aggravated as a result.

     3.  They ignore the issue: back problems, ankle problems, and even neck problems are often swept to the side, thereby aggravating the issue and actually delaying the recovery process.

If you see yourself in any of the above three scenarios, you already know that nothing has worked and your still not out there running your marathon. This really isn’t the ideal situation, right? In fact, resting the area of injury for prolonged periods of time can, more often than not, have adverse effects. Now, that’s not to say that we want you up and running the day after you injure your ankle; we just know that there are ways to overcome your injury WITHOUT decreasing your activity levels or effecting your fitness regime. We’ll give you tips that actually help you get back to the exercise you love IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME. Take a look:

     1.  Just because you’ve inured your ankle, it doesn’t mean you can’t exercise at all! While you may not be able to move your ankle much, you can still do Pilates, core work, or yoga in order to maintain your core strength and overall fitness. Movement equates recovery. We don’t want you to make your injury worse… we want you to hit the ground running once you’ve recovered!

2.  Do NOT turn to painkillers. If you’re tempted to reach for prescription painkillers to mask the pain, please don’t. Painkillers do very little but hide the pain, thereby disguising the core problem and causing the patient to ignore and AGGRAVATE the issue further. Not only is the pain only made worst over time, the painkillers adversely affect the patient’s health. Painkillers are not the answer. Why not try alternating between hot and cold packs for a safer option?

    3.  Mind what you eat. Remember the saying “food is medicine, and medicine is food?”. Well, it’s as true now as it ever was.  Hydrate and feed your body properly by drinking enough water and making sure that you get enough protein, iron, carbs, and vitamins. Keep your joints lubricated and energized by changing your diet accordingly!

   4.  Anti-inflammatory foods can help you recover faster. Food high in anti-inflammatories, such a blueberries, dark leafy greens, and coconut milk can help you recover faster by reducing the inflammation in the affected area. Another wonderful anti-inflammatory is turmeric; this spice can be eaten in delicious curries, warm honeyed milk, and even in ice cream! Why not give it a go?

    5.  See a specialist to speed up your recovery. Without a doubt one of the FASTEST ways to get back to the exercise you love is to visit a qualified, professional physical therapist. Physical therapy allows you to heal the core issue, thereby speeding up your recovery time and allowing you to maintain a pain free workout and lifestyle.

You see, pain and injury all too often take a hold of our lives; it’s time to change that. UTILIZING recovery time is the key to fast-tracking the healing process. Avoiding painkillers, seeing a physical therapist, eating well, and maintaining movement, exercise, and a fitness regime ALL contribute to rapid recovery. We want to see you get back to running, cycling, swimming, playing golf, or even fishing as fast as possible, and we’re confident these 5 tips will get you there sooner rather than later.

Don’t let ankle, neck, back, or shoulder pain keep you from doing the things you love. And don’t delay your recovery process by masking the pain, believing it will disappear, or resting the area for long durations of time. There is a much easier, more effective way. Fast-track your road to recovery by clicking here and filling out a simple form to speak to a physical therapist (for free!) today.