Here’s what you need to know.
This painful condition, common among runners and dancers, is an inflammation of the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It most often develops in the heel and arch area but can occur in the ball of the foot, too. Sufferers report symptoms of stabbing pains in the heel or foot severe enough to cause limping or make it difficult to walk at all. Two million Americans, usually more women than men, are affected by this painful condition every year.
The connective tissue is the plantar fascia, joining the heel bone to the toes. This tissue aids in supporting the foot’s arch and helps with the mechanics of walking. When the tissue becomes irritated or loses its resilience, normal walking, much less running, becomes painful. If no treatment is received, the patient can develop bone spurs accompanied by even more debilitating pain.
There are a number of causes of this inflammation and pain in the fascia:
Up to 70% of cases of plantar fasciitis can be helped successfully with chiropractic care, although recovery may take a few months. A treatment plan would involve manipulations to realign the bones and joints of the affected area. This reduces the pain and inflammation and allows the patient to return to normal activity.
Some other techniques a chiropractor may use are:
There are things you can do to prevent plantar fasciitis and some self-care tactics for when you are suffering:
Chiropractic care treats the causes of the discomfort rather than just the symptoms.
Call 407-931-3700 today if you are experiencing the pain of plantar fasciitis.