Plantar fasciitis/heel pain syndrome is the most common cause of heel pain, that results from a gradual degeneration of the plantar fascia or sudden trauma. Individuals describe the pain like sharp stabbing or deep aching in the middle of the heel or along the bottom of the foot that happens when walking or standing. Pain arises in the morning after taking the first few steps or after extended periods of sitting/lying down/non-activity.
As the foot relaxes in the evening, the fascia gains new tears in the morning, that stars the painful cycle all over.
Either one heel or both, the condition can become chronic and can be difficult to heal without a combination of conservative treatments.
- Improper footwear
- Strenuous activity
- High arches or flat feet
- Poor shock absorption shoes
Plantar fasciitis is commonly seen in middle-aged patients.
We also see it often in those who place a great deal of stress on their feet like:
This condition affects approximately 2 million people in the United States a year.
There are doctors that believe bone spurs are the cause, and surgery is needed. However, bone spurs are not the cause of plantar fasciitis. Surgery will not eliminate the pain but may weaken or even rupture the plantar fascia
- Pain on the bottom of the heel
- Pain in the arch of the foot
- Pain that is usually worse upon arising
- Pain that increases over a period of months
- Swelling on the bottom of the heel
Treat Plantar Fasciitis
- Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal joint mechanics and reduce tension
- Custom orthotics can help hold the adjustments and position the foot for healing; in all shoes for best results
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Ice and massage on the sore area using a FootWheel® or a golf ball
- Run and walk on soft surfaces
- Stretch the plantar fascia and the calf muscle area to prevent inflammation.
- Taking a lunge position with the injured foot behind and keep your heels flat on the floor, lean into a wall, and bend the knees.
- A stretch should be felt in the sole and the Achilles tendon area.
- Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds.
- Try this stretch with the back leg straight.
- Stretch before activity
- Maintain proper weight
- Wear supportive footwear
Custom orthotics are recommended to keep the foot in proper alignment and reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
Recovery can take time, but rest assured that 90% of patients recover in 6–9 months.
The average American takes around 5 – 6 thousand steps a day. Wearing the right shoe and orthotic is important for the health of your feet and your whole body.
Here is a quick reference guide for choosing shoes that are right for you
Get Shoes With:
- Square or wide toe box
- Heel lower than two inches in height
- 1/2 inch of space between the long toe and tip of the shoe
- Arch support For all 3 arches
- Wiggle room for toes, especially the big toe
Don’t Get Shoes With:
- Really high heels, but if you must then try to do so for no more than two hours
- Stiletto heels are terrible with balance, again if you must try thicker heels
- Pointy toed shoes
- Flat footwear like sandals, but if you must then wear them with custom orthotics
- Don’t go by the size alone
- Various manufacturers size differently, plus feet grow larger as we age. With pregnancy, you can gain up in size
- Because the feet swell throughout the day, up to 8%, you should shoe shop at the end of the day to ensure the fit is correct and proper.
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Feet are important. When you consider what your feet go through, taking 8,000 steps over the course of a day, according to the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association (IPMA), it’s easy to see how 75 percent of all Americans will have some type of foot pain at some point in their lives. Plantar fasciitis is a common and very painful foot condition that can become chronic if not treated. It is also a condition that responds very well to chiropractic care.
While chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis on its own, it is also a very good complement to other treatments for the condition. Patients may use chiropractic in conjunction with physical therapy, massage, and even injections to manage the pain and treat the condition. It can also help with speeding healing and helping to provide better mobility.