Now I have PF in my right foot along with achilles tendonitis at the insertion and my doctor is treating me with Graston and ART again. I am sure that there is something wonky in my gait that is causing this (along with other minor injuries that my doc has treated since my first case of PF went away). Not only is it depressing to be in too much pain to run, but the constant pain when just trying to do everyday things like walk through the grocery store can bring a person down, too. However, since I had success with Graston, ART and shockwave before, and because I have caught this bout of PF early, I am confident that I’ll have it beaten quickly.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you might think perhaps you should rest your feet, but it’s actually better for you to keep on the move. Plantar fasciitis affects the band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes, and can cause stabbing pains when walking. A treatment for it is to keep moving, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Keep your mileage and speed down if you begin experiencing pain, and place an ice pack under your foot for 15 minutes after you’ve finished walking. An alternative is to roll a frozen bottle of water under your foot for 10 to 15 minutes instead. Adding support to your foot can also help, so using an insole in your shoe or wrapping your foot with athletic tape is also recommended. To find out more about this, read this guide to Walking With Plantar Fasciitis .
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in adults. Plantar fasciitis is caused by a strain of the ligaments in an area of the foot called the plantar fascia ( figure 1 ). The plantar fascia (pronounced FASH-uh) is a thick, pearly white tissue with long fibers that starts at the heel bone and fans out along the under surface of the foot to the toes. The fascia provides support as the toes bear the body’s weight when the heel rises during walking. Jumping or prolonged standing may strain the plantar fascia. The outcome for people with plantar fasciitis is generally good, with approximately 80 percent of people having no pain within one year.