PF affects approximately 3 million people per year. PF is the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heels bone (calcaneus) to the toes on the underside of your foot. The most common symptoms is sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot that is worse in the morning and after long periods of inactivity. When getting out of bed in the morning, the bottom of your foot can feel like someone had pounded a spike through the bottom of your foot. The increase tension and stress of repetitive pounding (such as in running) can cause microtears in the plantar fascia causing inflammation and pain.
Many treatment options are available online that advertise anything from a sleeve to a night splint, to relief splints. Millions of dollars are spent each year in advertising to draw in the desperate suffers of PF. New advancement in treatment has focused on Low energy shockwave therapy (ESWT) to block pain allowing the tendon to heal.
In my clinical and personal experience with PF, I have found a severe lack of successful treatment options. Treatments neither rectified the situation or improved function. In my experience the most effective treatments would:
1. Restore the biomechanics of the foot (cuboid mobilization)
2. Treat and control inflammation- non pharmacologically. A wearable product that can deliver pain relief and anti-inflammatory qualities that can be worn multiple hours per day and night. Current modalities are worn for short periods of time.
3. A functional immobilizer of the foot to keep pressure off the plantar fasciitis- similar to what a low dye taping does for the foot, while allowing normal walking.
|Additional video: Plantar Fasciitis Stretches & Exercises|
FROM 'ASK DOCTOR JO'*- These plantar fasciitis foot pain treatments should help relieve pain. Plantar fasciitis is basically an inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. It can lead to foot pain and make it hard to walk. One great treatment for Plantar Fasciitis is using compression socks, like the Eversport ones in the video. Compression socks can help you be active again by providing support for your aching feet. Their compression helps relieve pain and discomfort without cutting off circulation. They are comfortable to wear and are slim enough that you can wear your regular socksover them without it feeling bulky.
The latest in Plantar Fasciitis wearable therapy
3/7/2022- A novel “dynamic” night splint aims to improve the efficacy of the therapy, and improve patient tolerability. The design allows a user to fall asleep with the foot in a natural plantar flexed position, then slowly cycles the foot between plantar flexion and dorsiflexion while the user sleeps. The electromechanical design delivers a preferred treatment (active rather than passive stretching), when the patient can most benefit from therapy (immediately prior to initial loading after prolonged inactivity), at a convenient time (while sleeping) and in a comfortable manner. Treatment is controlled and improvement is tracked through a mobile app.
The product is being developed by Kenai Design, with funding through an SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation. Eric Kolb, inventor and co-founder, recently showcased the device at the American Physical Therapy Association annual meeting. “We received positive feedback from many physical therapists who are frustrated with the poor patient compliance of traditional night splints. They really appreciated the benefit our device could provide for those with chronic plantar fasciitis and a number of other medical conditions. Kenai Design is continuing to refine the design and hopes to receive additional grant funding to ready the product for commercial use. They are looking to collaborate with clinicians and strategic partners to bring this exciting wearable technology to market.
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