Plantar Fasciitis - You DONT have to live with it.

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common pathology affecting the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the fibrous connective tissue extending from the bottom of the heel through the base of the foot, supporting the arch.  When there is injury and inflammation to this tissue, there will be pain on the heel and/or the arch of the foot, usually worst in the morning while taking your first few steps out of bed. 

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In active individuals this condition is often the result of overuse such as running, jumping, walking or long periods of standing.  For more sedentary individuals, plantar foot pain may be due to obesity.  If you are "flat footed" you may have greater chances of developing plantar fasciitis. 

If you start noticing pain similar to what has been described above, you may be in for a long haul if you do not address it quickly. Initially, it is suggested that you apply the "RICE" protocol. Rest/Ice/Compression/Elevation.  If your condition does not resolve quickly you may require therapy to effectively address and resolve your painful symptoms.

Dr. Pierce uses a variety of treatments to effectively address plantar foot pain and plantar fasciitis. In addition to treating the plantar fascia itself, it is vitally important the treat the muscles and tendons not only of the foot itself, but the soft tissue and joints of the lower leg and often the hamstrings.  By isolating each contributing soft tissue structure involved, Dr. Pierce is able to effectively reduce pain and improve function.  

Stop living with plantar fasciitis and dread your first steps each morning. Through myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue treatment with Graston technique, active myofascial release, joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise and physiotherapies, Dr. Pierce is the one for the job! Make an appointment today!

Easy Homemade Protein Bars!

Protein is an essential nutrient and is necessary for virtually every process within your cells. Protein intake is imperative for supporting collagen, cartilage and muscle (just to name a few).   According to the CDC, adult women should consume 46 grams of protein daily, while for adult men it is recommended they consume 56 grams per day.  

Here is an easy, grab and go way to get a little extra protein packed into your day!

No-Bake, Peanut Butter Protein Bars!

  • 1/2 cup natural creamy or crunchy peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda or powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or less is you desire)
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • a pinch of salt (optional)

In a bowl combine the peanut butter and applesauce and stir to a smooth consistency. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until smooth. Spread into a square or rectangular glass container and smooth the top. Refrigerate for an hour or longer. (I made mine at night and left in the refrigerator overnight). Cut into bars and scoop out with a flexible spatula. Lay bars on a plate or piece of foil.  The bars should be kept in the fridge and will be good for about a week!

These are a great alternative to packaged protein bars full of unknown items.  Give it a try! My family and I loved them!