Do you have foot pain, specifically in your heel and/or arches? Is it more painful in the morning when you get out of bed? If you answered yes, you might have plantar fasciitis.
Research suggests that 10% of Canadians will experience foot pain sometime in their life - that's roughly 23,000 people in the city of Regina alone!!!
I see patients weekly with plantar fasciitis and heel/foot pain. It's a very, very common problem that seems to have a lot of people stuck - struggling to find relief.
Excuse my dad joke...if you missed it...hang on...
Let's review the anatomy of your foot.
The arch of your foot is created by a thick strap of fascia - the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia starts at a bone in your foot called the calcaneus, reaching across the arch of your foot and dividing into strips that attach to each toe.
If you are interested, here's an outstanding video I found on YouTube that will give you a very good overview of what the anatomy of your foot involves.
Did you watch the video?
Stop...go watch it!
OK...so now that you have watched the video, you can see that there are layers of fascia throughout the foot, along with the nerves and muscles that make your foot work.
What happens is these layers can get...
...wait for it...
STUCK to each other...
...causing all kinds of pain and inflammation that makes your day not so great.
When layers of tissue become stuck together, we call this an adhesion. I imagine two pieces of paper glued together when I hear the word adhesion...they're stuck.
What did you think of my joke? Pretty good, right?!
So, you can have two types of adhesions, myofascial and neurofascial.
Myofascial adhesions exist between muscle fibres and fascia.
Neurofascial adhesions exist between nerves and fascia.
When these tissues stick together, they limit the ability of your foot arch to absorb shock and resist force, increasing tension on the boney attachments. This increase in tension causes pain, inflammation and sometimes is the root cause of painful heel spurs.
Plantar fasciitis can lead to pain in the knee, hip and low back, as your body adjusts and compensates to avoid placing weight and pressure on the affected foot.
If you are feeling stuck with foot and/or heel pain?
Book in for a RAPID treatment.