Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It’s caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a flat band of muscular tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. It typically affects those who are middle-aged, though it can occur in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is caused by the straining of the thick ligament that supports the arch of the foot. If this tissue is aggravated repeatedly, micro-tears can occur which lead to pain and swelling. Other causes include:
- Walking, standing, or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
- Poor posture
- High arches or flat feet
- Wearing shoes with inadequate support
- Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Most people who have plantar fasciitis experience sharp pain when taking their first steps after sitting for an extended period or first waking up in the morning. Pain can also occur when walking, running, or climbing.
How can I treat Plantar Fasciitis?
Chiropractic care may help by improving posture. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis in only one foot, this could be an indication that your weight isn’t balanced across your feet. Chiropractic adjustments will help improve alignment.
Other ways to treat Plantar Fasciitis:
- Rest your feet. Limit activities that make your foot hurt. Try not to walk or run on hard surfaces.
- Put ice on heel to reduce pain and swelling or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Stretch toes and calves several times a day.
- Wear shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole.
Usually, with treatment, pain will subside within a few weeks but it may take months for the pain to go away completely.