Injury Spotlight: Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Commonly known as heel spurs or runner’s heel, plantar fasciitis is a stubbornly painful condition that can keep you on the couch. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tendon on the bottom of the foot connecting the heel and toes (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. The discomfort tends to develop gradually. The pain is typically sharp and tends to be focused around the heel, which is why it is often confused with heel spurs. One of the tell-tale signs of plantar fasciitis is that it is much worse first thing in the morning.
One probable cause of plantar fasciitis is the continual pounding of the heel while running. Runners who heel strike in this way are much more likely to suffer from this stubborn and sharp pain. Other common causes include: sudden increases in running mileage, bad exercise habits, shoes that don’t offer proper support, work that involves being on your feet for long periods, or being overweight.
Historically, treatment has been limited to long periods of rest—requiring a break from running until pain subsides. In some cases, anti-inflammatory medication, expensive orthodontics, or even costly surgery may be recommended. But conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. The downside for most runners and active individuals is that this treatment approach can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms improve—with an average recovery period of about 9 months. That’s a long time to stay inactive or put your training on hold.
Airrosti, on the other hand, leaves patients pain free in an average of three visits. The Certified Recovery Specialists conduct a thorough consultation with the patient to diagnose the root of the pain. Then the doctors get to work using a manual therapy technique on soft tissue or joints to relieve the pain. Depending on the injury, a stretching routine or at-home care may also be devised for the patient. The combination of these methods makes for a faster recovery time. You’ll be back in the gym or on the trail before you know it.

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