Chiropractic treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Foot Pain

Plantar Fasciitis, foot pain is a painful inflammatory process involving the plantar fascia or the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly.

The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue originating on the bottom surface of the calcaneus (heel bone) and extending along the sole of the foot towards the toes. It has been reported that plantar fasciitis occurs in two million Americans a year and in 10% of the U.S. population over a lifetime. It is commonly associated with long periods of weight bearing and overuse or over training. Among non-athletic populations, it is associated with a high body mass index.

The pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense with the first steps of the day when getting out of bed in the morning. Other symptoms include difficulty bending the foot so that the toes are brought toward the shin and in some cases, knee pain, especially among runners.

Over time, plantar fasciitis can develop into a heel spur if not resolved. Foot and ankle biomechanics are very important in plantar fasciitis cases. Your doctor of chiropractic will evaluate these biomechanics perform the proper adjustment to the foot and ankle bones and then educate you on proper rehabilitation techniques to help speed recovery time.