Have you been experiencing pain in your foot or heel whenever you walk
around or stand for an extended period of time? Does it feel noticeably
sharper in the morning, right as you get out of bed? Has this pain become
so persistent that you are starting to think it is just a natural part
of aging? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, you may
be suffering from a common condition known as
Along the bottom of your foot, a thick webbing of flexible tissue stretches
between your toes and your heel, forming the arch of your foot. This tissue
is called the plantar fascia. Despite its durability and flexibility,
the tissue can start to wear down as the years go by. When it becomes
too thin, torn, or inflamed, it causes plantar fasciitis, or the pain
and tenderness felt along the bottom of the foot.
Millions of Americans will develop plantar fasciitis every year, the majority
of cases involving elders over the age of 60. But this does not mean that
the condition is unavoidable.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Other than natural wear and tear, plantar fasciitis can be caused or worsened
by abnormal foot shapes, such having high arches or being flatfooted.
Obesity and rapid weight gain, like what is experienced by pregnant women,
can increase the pressure on the bottom of your feet, eventually causing
plantar fasciitis. Spending hours and hours on your feet each day will
also increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis; the condition
is also called “policeman’s heel” for a reason. If your
job requires you to stay on your feet or in one place, ensure you are
wearing properly fitted footwear or ask your supervisor for a chair.
How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis
Some doctors may recommend surgery or steroid injections to correct plantar
fasciitis. Other than causing significant risk of side effects or infection,
these methods are also not entirely guaranteed to work. Instead of resorting
to surgical methods or prescription medicines, you should consider extracorporeal
pulse activation technology (EPAT) sessions here at ProFysio Physical Therapy.
Our Aberdeen physical therapists can use EPAT to stimulate natural healing
processes under your skin and in tissues, such as your plantar fascia.
Most patients require less than an hour of EPAT therapy a week to start
feeling relief from foot pain. And, best of all, the procedure does not
require surgery, anesthesia, or any sort of risky medicine.
Contact us today to learn more about how EPAT could treat your plantar fasciitis.