Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves; binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over one another.
The plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue that connects your heal to your toes; providing support for the bottom of your foot. It helps to create the arch in your foot, which is your first shock-absorber. This first shock absorber is very important. A study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery showed that during one hour of strenuous exercise you put one million pounds of pressure on your feet. Exercise in conjunction with walking bare-footed on hard surfaces and/or wearing non-supportive shoes (ex. high heels, flat flip flops, etc.) can damage the plantar fascia causing it to inflame and eventually tear, laying down scar tissue in its place. This is called Plantar Fasciitis.
For those of us who have suffered from Plantar Fasciitis, there had been little help. Yes, I did say “us”. I suffered from Plantar Fasciitis for seven years with almost no help from traditional treatment. It only got worse over time going from one foot to both feet. The bodies’ natural response to an injury is to shift the weight to the other side to avoid further exacerbation of the injured site. Over time the increase pounding damages the other foot; due to the shift in weight. That’s what happened to me. One of my mentors, a doctor named John Donofrio, taught me and my wife (Dr. Barbara Marciante) a different treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. It worked! The treatment went against the normal grain, but I did not care. I only cared about the end result, “No more pain!”.
It is not a pleasant treatment but it really works. I start by adjusting the foot, ankle, knee and hip. The body is one kinetic link, each part affects another. I then use a specific massage technique to break up the scar tissue. Depending on the case, I might even use Cold Laser to assist in this process. The patient then has some home-work to do on a daily basis, as well as a slight lifestyle change. After approximately six weeks of treatment the patient is then put on a rehab program to reform and strengthen the tissue on the bottom of the foot.
In the past twelve years of practice, I have resolved over 100 cases of Plantar Fasciitis. The treatment has been so successful that I have professional athletes that fly in from around the country for me to treat their Plantar Fasciitis. They have come from as far as San Diego, California for treatment. I look forward to giving you the same quality treatment that I give to my world-class athletes. Enough is enough, it’s time to fix your Plantar Fasciitis!