Does Plantar Fasciitis Really Have To Take A Year To Fix? Not In Syracuse NY
This injury is like the black plague for runners. When diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, they are often told, and probably already know, that the most common forms of treatment means they are going to be in pain for a year or more. Likely they will try a lot of gimmicks and tricks in order to speed up the process. The beauty is that it does not have to take a year, or even 6 months, or 2 months.
Active Release Technique
With the Use of Active Release Technique (ART), runners should expect their healing times to consist of 3-6 visits. Every patient is certainly different, however, there is a reason that ART is the Gold Standard of soft tissue injuries. By breaking up the scar tissue within the plantar fascia, the plantar muscles, Achilles tendon, gastrocnemius and soleus, the tension on the plantar fascia is relieved significantly.
We will often provide patients with very specific stretches and strengthening exercises as well to help in the healing process and ensure that it does not ever return. When you build up a lot of scar tissue and adhesions within the above structures, they tighten and put additional tension on them above and beyond what they are supposed to have on them. Scar tissue can be built from repetitive motions of any kind, and running is very repetitive. Runners are probably the most susceptible to having plantar fasciitis.
Since all of these structures have so much tension on them, the range of motion is also significantly decreased as well. You can actually test your range of motion yourself. You should easily be able to stand in front of a wall, with your toes 6 inches from the wall. From there you bend your knee and keep your heel on the ground. You should be able to touch your knee to the wall with no problem. Measure the distance. This will give you a very objective measurement on how decreased your range of motion is, and your increased likelihood to have problems down the road, if you do not have them already.
When you have such a decreased range of motion in this area of your body, your power, speed, and efficiency will be drastically reduced. You will waste lots of additional energy trying to overcome this, and likely cause more injury over the long run. These tight tissue that have scar tissue within them are much more susceptible to injury. They are much less elastic, and for lack of a better word can make you feel like your feet and ankles feel pretty “old.
In our office all of our doctors are also Applied Kinesiologists. You can read more about this under the heading above entitled “kinesiology,” but for now its important to understand a few things about it. The reason Dr. Goodheart was the first chiropractor on the USA Olympic Medical Board was because of results with athletes. Any injury, including plantar fasciitis, has muscles that are not firing properly or in the right patterns both synergistically or antagonistically. One of the mony things we do is make sure that these muscles are properly firing at 100% of their capacity and stay that way. We won’t necessarily instantly add “more raw strength” to the muscle, but when its firing properly, exercises will be much more beneficial, and you will also get more power out of it because you are recruiting the muscle fibers themselves properly.
If you have been dealing with plantar fasciitis yourself, or know someone who has, make sure they either get into the office to be check out, or make sure that they find someone in their area who are resolve this quickly. There is nothing worse than an athlete who is told to “rest” for long periods of time. I want my athletes to continue working out and not have to take long periods of time off. I always make sure they continue to the level that will still allow their injuries to healing. Everyone is happier that way.
As always, if you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to call the office. We will be happy to answer your questions and get you in as soon as possible to get you out of pain and continue training are reaching for your goals. We have 2 doctors fully certified in Active Release Technique in Syracuse NY