What is Plantar fasciitis?
It’s inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.
What causes Plantar fasciitis?
Often the cause is unknown, but some risk factors include obesity, tight calves, and repetitive impact activities (ex. running).
How is Plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Symptoms include pain around the heel that is usually worse in the morning or after a period of rest. Imaging is rarely necessary.
1. Rest. Don’t keep aggravating the condition. Either decrease or stop the activity that causes pain.
2. Ice. Decrease the inflammation using ice. Rolling your foot out on a frozen water bottle is a perfect way to decrease pain and inflammation.
3. Stretch. The calves and the plantar fascia will both need to be stretched. Check out easier living for more information on how to stretch these structures.
4. Orthotics. Biomechanics play a big part in contributing to the condition so getting fitted for the correct supportive shoes or orthotics at a specialty running store can definitely help.
5. Chiropractic Adjustments. The adjustments are performed on the feet, ankles, as well as spinal alignment. This helps ensure proper alignment so the body can function optimally. When a person suffers from plantar fasciitis they will often adjust their gait 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 offers a whole body approach, which ensures the entire body is moving and functioning at its optimum capacity.
Most cases of plantar fasciitis improve with these simple treatments. Please share and comment with any questions or concerns.