Heel Pain? Make Sure You Have the Correct Diagnosis
Heel Pain - Maybe it ISN'T Plantar Fasciitis
The wrong diagnosis will leave you in a frustrated cycle of pain!
Yes, Plantar Fasciitis is the number one cause of heel pain. But, it's not the only cause of heel pain.
And herein lies the problem with treatment of heel pain:
Sometimes the WRONG action steps are taken.
In other words, sometimes you may have a condition that mimics Plantar Fasciitis symptoms.
But if you're being treated for Plantar Fasciitis, your results WILL frustrate you.
OK, so what other conditions cause heel pain?
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and Posterior Tibial Tendinitis are the most common conditions that mimic plantar fasciitis symptoms.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but in the foot/ankle. The tarsal tunnel is formed by a soft tissue called the Flexor Retinaculum. And it houses tendons and nerves.
The Posterior Tibial Tendon comes from a deep calf muscle called the TIbialis Posterior. The tendon wraps inside the ankle and attaches on to the foot.
BOTH will also cause heel pain.
There are other conditions that can also contribute to heel pain: Achilles issues and Old Ankle Sprains that never fully healed.
It is vital to have the correct diagnosis prior to treatment.
If not, you'll be in an endless frustrating cycle of pain.
Every injury listed above has one thing in common - They are all soft tissue injuries.
Soft tissue injuries may vary a bit, but the common thread is inflammation, scar tissue, adhesions, hypoxia (decreased oxygen) and decreased blood flow.
In fact, Fasciitis means inflammation of a fascia. Tendinitis means inflammation of a tendon.
SO, WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?
It's a simple, 2-part solution:
Then we apply Active Release treatment which is a comprehensive hands on manual therapy aimed at removing inflammation, scar tissue and adhesions from muscles, tendons and fascia.
Once you can release these soft tissues through this treatment, pressure is relieved from the area.
And that leads to PAIN RELIEF.
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