Spring Update 2014

Spring Update 2014

Dear Friends,

As warmer weather approaches (keeping fingers crossed), many of you start wearing lighter footwear. Bear in mind, however, that Spring is my peak season for treating plantar fasciitis, a common and very persistent foot problem. 

Plantar fasciitis is often caused from arches that start to "fall" from not being supported fully. As stress accumulates in the foot, the connective tissue that supports the arch along the inside of your foot, the plantar fascia, get inflamed and painful and it feels like a significant pain between your arch and your heel.  It's often worst in the morning as you get out of bed, and it sometimes feels as if there is a pebble hurting you between your arch and heel. Pain can be felt with every step under the heel, sometimes extending the length of the foot, and it can go on for months, sometimes becoming an ongoing pain management problem. 

The key here is prevention, and proper footwear is the place to start.  If you can take your shoe or sandal and easily twist the sole of it in your hand there is not enough support to cushion your arch and protect your plantar fascia. There are several brands of summer footwear that have a structured base and even include an arch support that may prevent or relieve plantar fasciitis. FitFlop is one excellent brand for women and men, and SOLE has a men's line of sandals that are better than flip flops or flat sandals.  Well-designed, thicker sandals aren't cheap, but they protect your feet far better than cheap plastic versions and last much longer.

Observe your children too, If they are going through growth spurts.  They may suddenly start walking with their feet turned out like penguins, or even have trouble getting their heels down because their bones are growing faster than the muscles can stretch. The resultant tightness and compensations children make at this time can be in place for a lifetime. Significant growth spurts over a short period of time set many children up for pain syndromes and vulnerability to injury.  A series of stretches specific to their tendencies and a few precautions can help a great deal. 

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, we have many tools to get it under control, including stretches, iontophoresis, kinesio taping, tissue work and if needed, dry needling.  To reduce pain and swelling, you can ice the foot near the heel, take an anti-inflammatory if recommended by your doctor, and cushion and protect your feet when walking on hard surfaces


The BritPT Tea Party was a huge success and so much fun we have voted to make it an annual event.  For those of you who missed it, we served all sorts of teas at 4 p.m. with British biscuits (called "cookies" Stateside) and the later crowd had wine, beer and hor d'oeuvres. It was a lot of fun and I had to kick everyone out at 9 p.m.

For those improving their flexibility, balance, and fitness, Susan Sherrill is already offering three yoga classes customized for specific therapy needs by group. Please let Susan know if you have an interest in finding out more. She can be reached at 336.848.6289, or at susansherrillyoga@gmail.com.

As a quick aside, BritPT has also just joined Triad Local First, promoting small business in our area. I will look forward to telling you more when it is time for the summer update.

We appreciate your continued support and are working hard to create more appointment slots and services for your convenience. We appreciate your loyalty to our ever-growing practice.  

In Health and Harmony,



Lorraine Kingham PT, MTC, MHSC, CMTPT


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