What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) is a common bottom of the foot and heel pain.  The plantar fascia, specifically the mid-section called the plantar aponeurosis, is located on in the arch of the foot.  This is the area that can spasm.  It is often worse in the morning during the first few steps and exacerbated after prolonged standing or activity.  It can be described as sharp, stabbing, burning, or achy.

What can cause plantar fasciitis?

The cause of plantar fasciitis is attributed to poor biomechanical function in the foot.  The cause of poor function of the foot can start at the foot, or can be attributed to poor function along the mechanical chain of the low body including the ankle, knee, hip, sacroiliac joint, or low back.  Poor balance in the calf and foot muscles, especially, can cause excess stretch and strain on the plantar fascia causing inflammation, spasm, and pain.

It can occur because of change in activity intensity, footwear that has improper support, lack of proper nutrition, or after an injury.

What can a chiropractor do to help?

A chiropractor who works with full bodies can adjust, stretch, and do other types of muscles work on the lower extremities to balance the muscles.  Icing and/or other therapies like ultrasound may be used.  They can give you at home stretches and exercises for if you have a flare-up.  Proper foot wear and/or orthotics can also benefit.  Acupuncture can also help reduce pain and inflammation.

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