You don’t have to search for long to find someone who has suffered from plantar fasciitis, as it is one of the most common causes of foot and/or heel pain in adults. But what exactly is plantar fasciitis, and how does it occur?
The plantar fascia is a flat ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel to your toes, and helps support the arch of the foot. If this tissue gets strained, weakened, swollen, or torn, it can lead to pain in the heel or bottom of the foot when walking or standing. Most often, sufferers of plantar fasciitis will describe the sensation of “walking on broken glass” when they take their first steps after getting out of bed in the morning, or after sitting for extended periods. This is due to stressing the ligament when weight bearing after long periods of rest.
As mentioned, plantar fasciitis is most common in adults between the ages of 40-60. Those with flat feet or fallen arches, or those who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. If you stand or walk long periods, especially on hard surfaces, or wear flat shoes without support, you may also find yourself developing symptoms. Runners and dancers are also more susceptible to this type of injury.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis is available through chiropractic care. Chiropractors can reduce the stress in the ligament by improving the movement in surrounding joints via adjustments, as well as perform soft tissue work to the plantar fascia. They can prescribe stretches and exercises to strengthen and stabilize the area, and recommend orthotics if needed.
If you or someone you know has foot pain and suspects they may have plantar fasciitis, contact our office to find out more about our treatment options, and start feeling better today!