The plantar fascia is a ligament in your foot that connects your heel to your toes. It helps you walk by supporting the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of that ligament caused by small tears in the tissue. Patients often describe it as a stabbing pain in the heel that is worst with the first steps taken in the morning.
While plantar fasciitis is most commonly described as a stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel, the pain may also be dull or occur closer to the middle of the bottom of the foot. The pain is usually the most intense first thing in the morning, after exercise, or after a long period of sitting or standing.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by small tears in the plantar fascia, which results in inflammation. These tears can be caused by too much stretching and tension in the ligament.
While plantar fasciitis can strike anybody, some people are more prone to it than others. Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:
Since plantar fasciitis can cause you to walk differently due to the pain, your altered gait can cause pain in other body parts like your back, hips, knees, or opposite foot.
There are several different ways to treat plantar fasciitis depending on the severity. Treatment for plantar fasciitis may include:
While chiropractic care doesn’t necessarily deal directly with the plantar fascia, it can reduce and prevent secondary pain problems that may result from an altered gait due to plantar fasciitis pain. Things chiropractic care can help with in relation to plantar fasciitis pain include:
Click here or call Southside Chiropractic Car Injury Clinic today at 904-497-0823 to schedule a consultation to see if we can be part of your plantar fasciitis treatment plan.