The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the arch of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your metatarsals (also known as the ball of your foot). The plantar fascia is there to create the arch of your foot and contribute to proper balance and gait. You can think of it like a tightrope. You don't want your plantar fascia to loosen, or your foot will collapse. That's why people with flat feet or fallen arches have foot pain.
People with flat feet will experience far more pressure on their plantar than people with a normal arch. The flatter your arch, the more strain is absorbed by your plantar, and the more likely it is to tear. When tension pushes up on a normal arch, it buckles to prevent the increase in pressure. If you have flat feet, your arch isn't able to buckle like it should, so the tension isn't prevented like it is for people with a normal arch. This means your plantar is much more vulnerable to damage.
The plantar fascia is a ligament. It's not designed to bear any pressure on its surface. About 80% of your weight is balanced on your heels, with the other 20% balanced on the balls of your feet.
Putting pressure on the surface of the plantar fascia is what creates microtears, along with too much pulling strain, resulting in Plantar Fasciitis.
Devices that are designed to stretch the plantar fascia, such as night splints, will only make your condition worse. Night splints actually re-injure your plantar every time that you wear them. When you sleep, your body has a chance to try to repair the plantar by attempting to pull the ligament back together. Wearing a night splint means that your plantar fascia doesn't get a chance to heal, because you're re-stretching it and re-tearing it. This means more damage to the plantar fascia, more pain, and a longer recovery time.
When your plantar is on stretch, like it is while wearing a night splint, it's in an unnatural position. You've already elongated your plantar by injuring it with microtears. You don't want to stretch it further with a night splint. You want your plantar tissue to heal back down to it's regular size. When your plantar tissue tries to heal in a stretched position, this can lead to further problems down the line, such as gait issues and flat feet.
It's a common misconception that arch supports (also called orthotic inserts) are needed to correct issues with the plantar fascia and arch of the foot. Actually, you don't want pressure applied to the middle of your foot pushing up, as this will only cause further stress and injury to your plantar fascia. Your arch is naturally occurring and messing with this structure is not a good idea.
If you're going to use any kind of extra support, make sure it's applied to the heel and ball of the foot, because these are the areas of your foot that are actually designed to withstand pressure. Extra support for the heel and ball is only required in rare circumstances, like in cases of fallen arches or flat feet. Think of your arch as a bridge, with the ball and the heel on either side to support it. Providing the heel and ball of your foot with added lift will help reduce the pressure on your plantar and reduce pain. You want to remove the pressure from the plantar and put it where it's supposed to go - the heel and the ball.
Another popular treatment for Plantar Fasciitis is rolling the bottom of your foot over a ball. This is supposed to "massage" the plantar ligament to relieve pain. Again, like with arch supports, any upward force applied to the plantar fascia will only result in further pain and injury because the plantar was not designed to have this kind of force applied to it. You want to avoid putting pressure on the plantar so that it can heal. Ball stretching will only undo that healing and make your Plantar Fasciitis worse.
Towel stretches are actually designed to stretch out your Achilles Tendon. They have no benefit for Plantar Fasciitis. Stretching out your Achilles Tendon too much can cause you to walk with a forward lean, putting more pressure on the plantar over time. Towel stretches can also lead to further tearing of the plantar fascia. Towel stretches should be avoided. They don't do anything to treat Plantar Fasciitis and actually put unneeded pressure on the plantar, which can lead to further damage.
Steroid injections are just about the worst thing you can do to your plantar. Steroid injections (usually cortisone) are designed to temporarily relieve pain and swelling. However, they come with a variety of risks and side effects, especially when injected into the plantar fascia. According to an article in the PubMed archives, patients who receive steroid injections to treat their pain (but not heal their problem), were 6x more likely to have a ruptured plantar fascia. Once you've ruptured your plantar fascia, your only option is surgery. Cortisone injections are known to cause skin discoloration, allergic reaction, infection and nerve damage. They're also associated with chronic re-injury.
NSAIDs and analgesics such as ASA, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are often used to treat the pain, but these drugs do nothing to treat the underlying contition. They should never be used during times of physical activity. This is because painkillers completely block the pain signal, making you completely unaware that you're doing more damage to your plantar. Painkillers mask the pain, tricking you into thinking you're better and able to push yourself physically, when this will only result in further injury. It's fine if you need to take painkillers, but you should restrict them to times when your body is at rest. An ideal time to take painkillers,like ibuprofen is before bed. Using painkillers when you're active means risking complete rupture of your plantar, and this means surgery and an even longer recovery.
Having your heel hang off the edge of a step puts pressure directly on the plantar fascia. This is not a good idea. Step stretches can cause serious damage and put you all the way back to the beginning of the healing process. Again, the plantar should not have any upward pressure applied to it. Your plantar is not designed to sustain this type of pressure. When you have Plantar Fasciitis, steps should be taken very carefully and you should make sure your entire foot is planted on each step as you go. When your Plantar Fasciitis is almost completely healed, there is a benefit to doing step-up exercises using the ball of your foot.
Shockwave Therapy (also known as ESWT) is supposed to stimulate healing by directing sound waves to the injured tissue. There is little evidence to prove that this is an effective treatment method. It's also not known how ESWT actually works. Shockwave Therapy treatments can actually result in bruising, pain, tingling, numbness, reddening of the skin, and swelling.
When you have Plantar Fasciitis, you should be trying to rest your foot as much as possible. Your Plantar does not need to be "massaged", it needs to be rested. An injured Plantar should be treated in the same way as a broken bone in terms of physical activity. If one of the bones in your leg was broken, you wouldn't bear any weight on it, you'd use crutches. You also wouldn't treat a broken bone with a massage. While massages can stimulate blood flow, which is good, it's not worth risking the re-injury that could occur. A good indication of re-injury is pain. If you feel pain during a treatment like massage, it's time to stop.
In most cases of Plantar Fasciitis, surgery is not required. Surgery should only be considered if your plantar is completely ruptured (in two separate pieces). There are many risks and complications associated with Plantar Fasciitis surgery, including nerve damage, infection, blood clots, neuromas (benign cysts), and flattening of the arch. There is also no guarantee that it will get rid of the problem for good. According to a study found on PubMed, 76% of patients who underwent an endoscopic plantar fasciotomy had not found relief. Plantar Fasciitis Release may also be unsuccessful. You need the plantar to remain tight, like the string on a bow. Cutting out a part of the plantar will cause the plantar to loosen, which could lead to fallen arches or other issues. Again, messing with the natural structure of the arch will only cause problems.
The safest and most effective treatment solution for Plantar Fasciitis is rest, along with ColdCure® and BFST® treatments.
Try to rest your affected foot as much as possible. Consider using crutches to keep the weight off your injured foot.
Use the ColdCure® Foot Wrap to relieve your pain and internal inflammation. ColdCure® can also be used to treat any flare ups of pain that occur during the healing process. If you're going to take painkillers, avoid using them when you're active, as this can lead to further injury. You can take them to help you sleep at night.
Use the BFST® Foot Wrap 3x per day to promote blood flow to your injured plantar. This increase in blood flow works to heal your damaged tissue, accelerating the recovery process. Keep doing BFST® treatments for several months after the pain is gone. The healing process takes much longer than most people think. Even once the pain has disappeared, your plantar may only be 20% or 30% healed.
Make sure you don't secure the Foot Wraps too tightly during use, as you don't want to strain the plantar.
Do this and your Plantar Fasciitis can truly heal - finally.
The purchase of every BFST® and ColdCure® Wrap comes with the free professional consulting services of our King Brand® Advisors. This added benefit is extremely valuable in terms of your treatments and overall recovery. One of our Advisors will contact you 4 or 5 days after your order has been delivered to see how your treatments are going and answer any questions you may have. Our Advisors are thoroughly trained on Plantar Fasciitis and can help you create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. They are also highly knowledgeable when it comes to BFST® and ColdCure® technology and treatments. Our Advisors spend all day every day helping people like you through every stage of their recovery. They are truly dedicated to helping you heal and feel better as quickly as possible. While one of our Advisors will follow up with you directly, you are welcome to contact us any time if you need any treatment advice or guidance. We're here to help you every step of the way.
When you're not doing treatments with your BFST® and ColdCure® wrap, your injured tissue is vulnerable to further damage. KB Support Tape™ is critical in preventing re-injury. You're going to be amazed at how a simple roll of Tape will stop the sharp pains when you move the wrong way. To recover, you need to stop that painful re-injury process. You don't want to re-injure your fragile tissue and make your Plantar Fasciitis worse. Apply KB Support Tape™ every morning to provide your Plantar Fasciitis with support and protection.
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