Rahul J. 2024 | BASIS Independent Fremont
- Project Title: Understanding and Alleviating Pain from Nerve Compression in Muscle Inflammation: An Investigative Study
- Basis Independent Advisor: Ms. Alexis Parker
When walking daily, we often discount the strain we place on our muscles, specifically in the soles of our feet. Especially in sports that heavily rely on the lower half of one's body, muscles can develop irritation and eventually become inflamed. Inflammation is a natural response that the body activates in response to injury, infection, or any harmful stimuli; but in cases of overuse of injury, inflammation can lead to chronic pain like plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the plantar fascia: a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. My research project specifically examines inflammation in the soles due to irritation and injury, examining plantar fasciitis in the lens of everyday patients and athletes. Learning more about inflammation and its influence on the anatomy around it, specifically nerve compression, can give us more insight into viable solutions as plantar fasciitis is found in 1 in 10 people. My project will analyze the differences between the diagnosis and treatment from doctors and individual patient solutions, shedding light on the struggles and solutions in dealing with chronic pain associated with inflammation in the soles. To analyze these differences, I aim to dive into patient case studies found in online journals and, with the help of my offsite mentor, consult with doctors on patient treatments and what they prescribe patients specifically for plantar fasciitis and other chronic pain involving inflammation in the soles. Furthermore, I will interview at least ten individuals who are dealing with plantar fasciitis, allowing me to see similarities and differences between their personal solutions and treatments prescribed by doctors. This project allows us to test the viability of solutions to plantar fasciitis and may provide insight into better methods for relieving chronic pain.