Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and 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 can affect people of all ages, especially those that spend a lot of time on their feet. This includes recreational and competitive athletes, but can also affect anyone who is on their feet for extended periods of time.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Inflammation of the plantar fascia is often the result of foot, ankle, or knee joint misalignment or dysfunction. Additionally, nerve irritation in the low back, leg, or foot can contribute to plantar fasciitis. The most common causes include:
- Low back or lower extremity joint misalignment or nerve irritation
- Walking, standing, or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
- Wearing shoes with inadequate support
- Poor posture while standing
- High arches or flat feet
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. It can be present in both feet, but can be present in just one foot, which often indicates imbalance or misalignment. Each way generally causes your gait to be altered, however, and that generally throws off the alignment in your low back and pelvis as well.
How can I treat Plantar Fasciitis?
The Chiropractors at Chuppe Chiropractic are proud of being able to offer effective, non-invasive care without the use of drugs or surgery. We do specific nerve testing, as well as low back and lower extremity structural and gait analysis. We then tailor our treatment to help you by improving the joint function in your low back, legs, and feet. Improving your alignment with specific chiropractic treatment nearly always helps nerve and soft tissue function, and assists in reducing inflammation. Depending upon the condition, orthotics or other home preventative measures may be recommended to help keep the pain from returning.
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