Our feet get a tough workout almost daily and when we squeeze them into badly-fitting shoes, we make their job even tougher. This can often lead to some painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis, a chronic swelling of the tendons on the bottom of the foot.
Athletes commonly suffer from this problem due to the extreme strain that they put on their feet when running and jumping. Basketball, soccer, and tennis players (not to mention dancers) are all high-risk groups.
But athletes aren’t the only ones who get plantar fasciitis — conversely, people who are inactive or overweight are also at risk. Wearing high heels can also trigger this and other foot problems. The condition comes on slowly beginning with sharp pain that occurs only when the foot is put under strain. Over a period of weeks or months, the pain becomes more frequent and even starts to occur when the foot is in a resting position.
This can make the sufferer’s life extremely uncomfortable. So if you notice a sharp pain in your heel when you first get out of bed, it could be the first sign of plantar fasciitis.
And now the chiropractor and orthopedist Dr. DeFabio has developed a new form of treatment that he claims can heal plantar fasciitis quickly and easily. The aim of the procedure is first to reduce the swelling and then to nurture and strengthen the calf muscles.
In his practice, however, Dr. DeFabio applies the “Graston Technique” which involves using a steel instrument to “break down scar tissue, adhesions, to lengthen the tissue, and, in terms of plantar fasciitis, to create elasticity and to draw blood into the area,” he explains. He uses a lotion to lubricate the skin so the metal instrument glides over it comfortably.