Do you have a stabbing pain in your heel, tightness in your foot or trouble bearing weight on your foot? You could very well have plantar fasciitis and chiropractic care can help.
Common treatment involves rest, ice, stretching, or bracing the foot and ankle. Orthotics may be recommended to limit foot motion in an attempt to relieve the strain. In severe or persistent cases, cortisone injections may be used in an attempt to calm the inflammation.
When the problem doesn’t resolve, or keeps coming back, it’s likely because the cause of the repetitive strain on the heel and foot has not been identified or corrected.
For example, hip and knee problems often affect the foot. If they aren’t moving properly due to tightness or instability, it will cause increased strain and irritation of the lower leg and foot muscles, tendons, and ligaments. We find many cases of chronic plantar fascia pain are due to movement problems in other parts of the body that are affecting your gait. Weakness of the foot muscles themselves also triggers strain and inflammation.
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the fascia, tendons, and ligaments of the heel and bottom of the foot. It can significantly affect daily life and exercise, and left uncorrected, can lead to heel spurs and other arthritic changes of the foot and ankle.
The human foot is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is supposed to flex and act as a “spring” to propel you when you take a step. If some of these joints and muscles aren’t moving properly, it will cause repetitive strain of these tissues (as well as the rest of your body!)