Sunday, August 1, 2010
Plantar Fasciitis: Video on The Big 3 Weight Bearing Stretches
Patients suffering from plantar fasciitis need to work on three areas of treatment daily: mechanical changes, anti-inflammatory, and flexibility. Since the root cause of this injury is that the plantar fascia strains when pulled too far than how flexible it is, flexibility for most patients is the most important area of treatment. Yet, flexibility work on the plantar fascia must be teamed with anti-inflammatory and mechanical changes to protect the plantar fascia. I will have/already have a series of posts dealing with these aspects. This video is highlights 3 weight bearing stretches which are easily to do throughout the day. I have had one patient with bad arthritis in her big toe joint develop pain after the last plantar fascial stretch, so go easy on that one if you know the big toe has arthritis. Remember the Golden Rule of Foot: Never Stretch Through Pain.
Other very important methods of stretching which we will soon discuss are A.R.T. (Active Release Therapy), posterior sleeping splints, morning towel stretches, rolling ice stretching (previous post), rolling heat stretching, contract/relax stretching, and avoiding negative heel stretching (see previous post). Remember you should be stable when you stretch (see recent post with video on Generalizations of Stretching). I hope this has been helpful for you.