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Hello, I'm Dr. Robert Fenell with handandfootpain.com, and today I'm going to teach you how to cure plantar fasciitis. Let's talk about plantar fasciitis. Well the plantar fascia is a fascial tissue or a cord like tissue that connects from the heel part of your foot to all five of your toes on the bottom of the foot and its function is to help support the arch work of your foot while you stand and walk. Now due to repetitive stress and shock and trauma, prior injuries, various activities like walking on rough surfaces or uneven terrain, obesity, pregnancy, a lot of these things can cause you to lose the healthy alignment of your foot. You see there are 26 bones in the feet. When they become over stressed, they can rotate out their healthy alignment one way or the other. If you notice this foot is twisting one way or the other, that puts pressure or stress on the plantar fascia. With continued walking, the muscles and tissues on the bottom of the foot start to tighten and become really constricted until you develop and serious pain on the bottom of your heel and into the arch area. That pain is indicative of plantar fasciitis. What can you do for this at home? Well there are several things you can do. First of all, you can use ice therapy. An ice bath is a great way to put the cold therapy on your feet. Simply submerge one or both of your feet into the ice bath and keep them there for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. Between sessions leave at least 45 minutes to an hour before you ice a second time. This ice is going to reduce the pain and swelling in that plantar fascia and if you don't want to use an ice bath, you can also use an ice pack. Simply put a towel around the ice pack so that way it's not directly on your foot, leave it on there for 15 to 20 minutes and that's really going to help to cool that area down and relieve the swelling and inflammation. The second thing you can do for plantar fascia is massage it. Use a tennis ball. Sit in a chair and put a tennis ball in the floor. Just massage it back and forth across the arch of your foot, the whole way back to your heel. Now be careful, don't put a whole lot of pressure. Usually just the gravity of your foot on top of the ball is plenty of pressure. Do this for five minutes on one or both feet depending on if they both hurt you. The next thing is athletic taping. That can really help to support the plantar fascia when you stand and walk. Another great thing are orthotics. Of course you can get over-the-counter orthotics that are less expensive and you just slip them into your footwear but one of the best types of orthotics are custom made. Visit your chiropractor who specializes in making orthotics. They're going to cast a mold of your foot which means they're going to make a blueprint of your foot that's specific to you, almost like a fingerprint is. That orthotic will not fit anybody else's foot, just yours. Now one of the most successful ways to treat your plantar fascia and really get long term correction is correct those 26 bones that have become misaligned. If you never put the bones back into their healthy alignment, you're going to continue to have problems with the soft tissues including the plantar fascia. Doing gently chiropractic manipulations of the foot is the best way to correct these misaligned bones in the foot. Never try this at home on your own. Only get it done by a chiropractor who is specially trained in doing foot adjustments. My name is Dr. Robert Fenell with handandfootpain.com, and I want to thank you for watching this video on how to cure plantar fasciitis.