Friday, April 22, 2016

Plantar Fasciitis Solution

Foot pain is a common ailment we see here at Rochester Spine + Sports Chiropractic. Often this starts as a not-so-innocent twinge while running or going up and down stairs. If left untreated, it can progress further to fear of stepping out of bed, knowing a stabbing pain is likely. Pain in the bottom of the foot is known as the medical condition plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a disorder of the insertion site of the ligament on the bone characterized by micro tears, breakdown of collagen, and scarring.
Plantar Fasciitis: Site of Pain

Scar tissue, also known as adhesion, is commonly misdiagnosed. It is a mechanical buildup of glue-like substances, medically known as collagen, in the muscles in your foot. Treatment designed to reduce adhesion* is the key element in alleviating the problem. Micro tears are common in people who repetitively overuse their feet. Daily demands that create overuse of your feet include raising children, running, and weight lifting. Although pain is felt on the bottom of your foot, this area may not be the only area affected. Another important area to have examined is the lower leg, where the larger muscles originate that travel through the foot and to the toes. Far too often I see cases where patients tried previous treatments that failed to resolve the problem. This is driven mainly due to the fact that the only site treated was the foot. Improper diagnosis and/or treatment allows for the problem to recur and potentially progress to changing the heel bone, which is also known as a heel spur.

Many people try resting, but often find the problem returning or never fully healing. Resting is difficult, as it is hard to avoid using your feet for long periods of time. Resting does not address the problem of adhesion*. The next attempt often includes trying over-the-counter or prescription medications for inflammation. Recent literature indicates inflammation is not the cause, therefore chemical anti-inflammatories are not the solution. People also try new shoes or foot orthotics. When foot orthotics are properly molded to match your foot, they help stabilize your arch. However, they do not address the adhesion*.

The good news is adhesion* is reversible! Dr. Matt Buffan at Rochester Spine + Sports Chiropractic is a certified expert at locating and fixing adhesion*. If you want to know how to resolve your plantar fasciitis, follow our three step process. 1.) Accurately diagnose the problem. 2.) Address the adhesion*. 3.) Support the foot for your daily activities. This process differs from other health practitioners, and is best in class for treating plantar fasciitis.

Most of Dr. Matt’s patients have seen multiple providers before coming to Rochester Spine + Sports Chiropractic. These patients have not received the care they need because adhesion* is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions. Adhesion* is a common issue in almost all people, and it needs to be treated by a certified professional. Part of the issue is the focus being on the site of the pain, and not seeking the site of origin of the pain. Dr. Matt is certified to manually fix conditions from head to toe. If necessary, once the adhesion* is cleared out, custom molded orthotics and or modifications, can be used to help balance the demands on the foot.

Can I run the course again? My feet feel fantastic!
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can rob you of your ability to start your day with a smile. If this condition is stopping you from being able to walk, run, or get through the work day, give us a call or clickhere to schedule an appointment online.

*Adhesion is also known as scar tissue

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Lareau CR, Sawyer GA, Wang JH, DiGiovanni CW (June 2014). "Plantar and Medial Heel Pain: Diagnosis and Management". The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 22 (6): 372–80. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-22-06-372.PMID 24860133.