Foot pain might not be life-threatening, but it can seriously challenge your mobility. If you spend long hours on your feet or take long walks, chronic foot discomfort can be a real challenge.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot disorders, causing pain and inflammation in millions of people. Luckily, it’s entirely treatable without surgery or drugs. Just watch the video below to find out what chiropractor Dr. Donald DeFabio recommends. But first, let’s find out what plantar fasciitis is exactly.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
According to Web MD, “The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.” (1) This pain and inflammation is called plantar fasciitis.
Active people, runners, soldiers, middle-aged adults, and overweight individuals are at a higher risk to develop the condition. Wearing shoes that are too small, having pronated ankles, or having tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles can contribute to the condition.
Plantar fasciitis pain is typically worse in the morning or after sitting down for long periods of time. Spending long periods of time on your feet or working out vigorously may worsen the pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Taping Trick
As mentioned above, Dr. DeFabio has developed a new effective way of treating plantar fasciitis that doesn’t involve drugs or surgery.
He begins by during an in-depth analysis of the foot in order to confirm his diagnosis.
He then uses an intracell stick (foam roller) to relieve inflammation to the calves and feet. If that doesn’t work, he uses the Graston procedure, which involves applying a stainless instrument on the muscles that breaks down scar tissue and improves elasticity. Moving the instrument also improves blood flow and keeps the feet in their natural position.
At the end of the appointment, he does a plantar fasciitis taping on the affected foot using two types of tape to take the pressure off the plantar fascia. You can see how he does it in the video below.
Although it’s best to visit your doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist to get the full treatment above, you can find athlete’s tape in specialized sports stores and most pharmacies and drug stores. Use the tape to try this plantar fasciitis taping whenever you need relief.