Do Have Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Sharp Pain on Bottom of Foot
Dull Pain on Bottom of Foot
Plantar Fasciitis Pain Relief, Causes and Symptoms
Plantar fasciitis is caused when the ligament that connects your toes to your heel (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed, swollen, and weak. The plantar fascia ligament extends from your five toes and runs along the bottom of your foot, attaching to your heel. When you walk or run, you land on your heel and raise yourself on your toes as you shift your weight to your other foot, causing all your weight to be held up by your plantar fascia. Such repetitive force can pull the fascia from its attachment on your heel and cause damage and plantar fasciitis. This causes the bottom of your foot or heel to hurt when you walk or stand, especially when you first wake up in the morning or after sitting for a long time. Since the ligament runs along your sole, it is easily damaged by overuse or any activity that causes it to stretch more than usual, and commonly seen in our athletes, excessive weight, middle-aged patients, and anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
The pain from plantar fasciitis can be described as a dull ache or sharp pain and most commonly involves the bottom of the foot. Some people may experience pain on the top of the foot or toes. Plantar fasciitis tends to worsen after standing or exercising for prolonged periods or after getting out of bed in the morning. Morning heel pain from plantar fasciitis is one of the most common symptoms. As you walk, the fascia "warms up" and lengthens slightly, reducing the tension on the ligament and reducing the pain. It may come on over an extended period of time, or immediately after an injury that stretches or tears the ligament.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Chiropractic care is a very effective treatment for plantar fasciitis as well as the pain that is caused by the condition. Chiropractic for plantar fasciitis involves a very precise technique that involves adjustments to the feet and ankles as well as spinal alignment. This provides several benefits.
Reduces Stress in the Plantar Fascia
When a ligament is inflamed or stressed the tissue can develop very small tears that cause the pain of plantar fasciitis. Chiropractic adjustments made to the heel and foot take the pressure off of the plantar fascia, allowing it to relax.
When the stress on the plantar fascia is reduced through these chiropractic adjustments, the foot can begin to heal. Specific exercises that stretch the ligament and help it heal may be recommended.
Reduces the Risk of Further Injury
When a person has a condition like plantar fasciitis, they will often adjust their walk in an effort to avoid the pain. This puts stress on other parts of the body and can lead to back pain, sore joints, strained muscles, and other problems. Chiropractic takes a whole body approach that helps the person realign their body properly so that they stand and walk properly. This helps them avoid further injury and discomfort.
Free Plantar Fasciitis Consultation & Exam
Schedule a complimentary consultation and exam today to learn about plantar fasciitis and the pain associated with the bottom of your foot. Dr. Winchell will conduct a thorough exam of your feet and any other related pain and explain your options for recovery, including home care.