Heel pain is truly excruciating, especially if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all the time, If the discomfort is chronic, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Despite the scary-sounding name, this condition is treatable.
This method for pain relief comes courtesy of Dr. DeFabio. In the video below, he walks us through how he diagnoses and treats patients with plantar fasciitis. As an experienced chiropractic orthopedist, he's got a lot of great advice on how to relieve pain right at home.
Before we dive right into the treatment, it's important to understand the condition. Plantar fasciitis often occurs in individuals who tend to be on their feet a lot, including runners and athletes, as well as the overweight. The pain associated with this condition can be pretty severe, with some patients describing it as a "stabbing pain" that usually starts in the morning. It's caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toe.
If this describes the pain in your feet, you should seek medical attention. Dr. DeFabio starts treatment by first making a diagnosis and then taking an interdisciplinary approach to healing. The goal is to reduce inflammation in the affected tissue first, followed by promoting greater flexibility in the calf muscle. He also uses a special tool called an intracell stick, which patients can also use safely at home.