The Search for a Plantar Fasciitis Remedy
Despite all the advancements in medical science, a fast acting, non-invasive and cost effective solution to plantar fasciitis has been elusive to this very day. Even general agreement on an effective plantar fasciitis remedy has not been established. Articles in sports sections of major newspapers bring this debilitating heel pain and its lack of an effective remedy to the forefront, as high profile professional athletes remain questionable for months on end. Even with the seemly unlimited resources of a major league team at their disposal, high profile athletes continue to struggle with plantar fasciitis.
The comment section of these on-line articles are overflowing with comments from an array of professionals debating which device, treatment or approach is good, bad or best. It is obvious that the knowledge of a truly effective plantar fasciitis remedy, if it does exist (and we know one does), is not commonly known.
The average consumer is faced with lots of confusing information, as well as an array of devices and gimmicks which are only marginally effective, at best. The average plantar fasciitis sufferer can spend months on end battling pain. During this prolonged period, treatment costs can really accumulate. Cushions, straps, sports tapes, ointment, pills, stretching devices, doctors visits, x-rays, physical therapy, custom orthotics and steroid injections can really add up. It is common for those who seek treatment to see their total spend accumulate into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the search for heel pain relief and a return to a normal, pain free life.
What is the mechanism behind the sharp pain in the heel after periods of rest?
The body is a wonderful and remarkable system, but has its biomechanical limits. If we exceed these limits, we can cause damage, which results in inflammation and pain. Simply put, exceeding the level of peak or cumulative stress on the plantar fascia is the cause of plantar fasciitis. The fascia is extremely tough material. Think of the last time you cleaned or prepared a chicken – the thin, white, tough membrane you encounter is fascia. The plantar fascia is a much thicker and tougher, as it endures a higher level of tensile stress than another element of the human body. Although extremely resilient, it can suffer damage in the form of small tears. Once tears in the fascia occur, inflammation is the body’s first response. The inflammation accumulates and forms a pocket of fluid around the damaged tissue as we sleep or rest. Due to its dense nature, this accumulated liquid then absorbs an increased amount of pressure as the foot interacts with the floor during our first few steps in the morning or after periods of rest. This results in a sharp, excruciating pain described to feel like an “ice pick in the heel.” This sharp pain is the result of pressure (your weight against the floor) being transferred via the accumulated fluid (inflammation), directly into the sensitive and damaged tissue.(Ouch)
The pain then subsides to a much lower level after a few steps as the accumulated fluid is absorbed back into the surrounding tissue, by the forces applied from the ground surface during walking. What happens when we sleep or rest again? Fluid associated with the body’s inflammatory response accumulates again. This pattern continues for months, as healing of the plantar fascia is inhibited by a continuous cycle of stress and re-damaging newly forming fascia occurring each time the body attempts to recover. The key to breaking the cycle of damage and inflammation is to protect the plantar fascia from the stress which is interrupting the healing process.
Why has an effective plantar fasciitis remedy been so elusive?
The medical community is full of brilliant and highly trained individuals. However, much of this training is focused on treating symptoms of ailments, and not always getting to the root cause. If a patient is experiencing inflammation, the inflammation is what gets treated. The reality is that plantar fasciitis is a mechanical or biomechanical issue, and can therefore addressed from a combined engineering and biomedical perspective. Treatments which focus on inflammation alone (e.g injections) miss the root cause, that being repetitive stress on the plantar fascia. Devices which support the arch or sit beneath the heel do little to limit damaging stress during “heel lift” or propulsion phase of the gait cycle. Sports tapes and strappings can be used to provide short duration support to the foot, but these quickly lose effectiveness (i.e. often in minutes) as the materials elongate, and adhesives slip. General purpose taping products, while they may be effective in supporting soft tissue, they fall short when it comes to providing the high degree of durable support required to take, (and maintain) a therapeutic level of load off of the plantar fascia. In order for the fascia to have its best chance for a timely recovery it must be effectively supported and protected. Even short periods of a few steps, or just a portion of a portion of a single step, can re-injure newly forming fascia – thus continuing the cycle of tissue damage, inflammation and pain.
The FasciaDerm Heel Pain Recovery System was engineered to provide durable and optimized support to the plantar fascia in an easy to apply adhesive support system. FasciaDerm (derived from FASCIA: tough connective tissue and DERM: pertaining to the skin) has been engineered with a design, material properties and adhesive technology, which enable it to support in a manner similar to that of an external or artificial fascia. FasciaDerm’s fabric provides the high and consistent degree of support required to protect the plantar fascia for up to 24 hours per day, per application. When the plantar fascia is protected from damage or re-injury, the cycle of inflammation can be broken, and rapid pain relief can be achieved. Simply put, FasciaDerm allows your plantar fascia to rest, while you remain active.
Let’s imagine you have a broken bone in your arm…
If you were to tell the doctor one of the following:
- “My broken arm is not healing well, and I don’t understand why. I am wearing a cast most of the time.” OR
- “My broken arm is not healing well, and I don’t understand why. I am wearing an elastic bandage to provide it some support.”
The doctor would be quick to point out you must protect the broken arm fully and consistently (with a cast) if you expect a timely recovery.
When it comes to having an injured plantar fascia, only the FasciaDerm Heel Pain Relief System provides the optimum level of consistent support, stress reduction, and protection to the plantar fascia required to allow the body to perform its amazing healing and recovery work. FasciaDerm was developed from an engineering-based approach, resulting in an elegant, effective and easy to apply system to address plantar fasciitis heel pain. When the fascia is properly protected, the cycle of damage, inflammation, and most importantly pain, can significantly subside in a matter of just a few days. It is not uncommon for FasciaDerm users to report a significant reduction in pain within the first few days of use.
While protection of the fascia for a period of days (i.e. minimum of 6 days) after pain subsides is recommended to allow the fascia more time for recovery, the immediate support and rapid reduction in pain are always welcome improvements. Many high-profile athletes, trainers, physical therapists, podiatrists and chiropractors are observing this newly enlightened model for treating plantar fasciitis.
The “FasciaDerm Moment”
Occasionally you will hear of professional athletes suffering all season, just to have a miraculous recovery at a key moment in their season: big games, playoffs or championships. We believe they have a “FasciaDerm Moment,” found out of desperation (and encouraged by timely free samples of our product). It is during a FasciaDerm Moment that they realize that a small Texas Company (Applied BioKinetics LLC) offers a new paradigm forged through a multidisciplinary approach that really makes sense. The outcome is simple, yet profound…“protecting the plantar fascia in a durable and consistent manner is one of the keys to enabling a timely recovery from heel pain.” FasciaDerm provides this therapeutic level of support in a consistent manner.
“My Plantar Fasciitis appears with no warning – In the past it has been visits to the Podiatrist, steroid shots, and wearing 2 pair of of socks and sneakers to the office for a few months before the pain subsides. I heard about this product from a friend and decided to give it a try. In just 2 days my heel pain was greatly diminished and completely gone after approximately 1 week. The instructions were easy to follow and the straps were thin and flesh colored which worked great under stockings for work. Awesome design and worked fabulously. No More Foot Pain!!”
*The typical retail cost to the consumer for a treatment with FasciaDerm to the point of a lasting pain relief with is less than $50 (a 12 day treatment pack). Others may require longer treatment but the vast majority of consumers reach the point of sustained relief for under $100 (the cost of one 30-day Pro Pack).
FasciaDerm users often report a significant degree of pain relief in the first 1-4 days. Typical product use duration is 9-18 days, which includes a number of days beyond the point where pain has subsided. Results will vary.
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