Address Plantars Fasciitis with Corrective Chiropractic
Plantars fasciitis is a condition in which the fascia underneath the foot gets irritated and inflamed. It is most common for the symptoms to present immediately upon stepping out of bed. Symptoms will then typically decrease throughout the day as the fascia gets warmed up until the next morning after stepping out of bed.
It is very common for distance runners to experience plantars fasciitis in that they put a lot of strain on the fascia with often very little time to allow it to heal between runs. Proper running footwear is essential to assist in decreasing the stress on the fascia. Much more fun to pay the extra money for good shoes now than to pay more down the road dealing with bad feet, knees and hips.
Our Approach to Plantars Fasciitis
First and foremost, it has to be determined what is causing the problem. People often say, “Well I’ve been running 5 miles a day for the past 2 weeks.” Millions of people all around the world could start running 5 miles a day for the next 2 weeks and experience absolutely no plantars fasciitis. So then, what is the cause? What is not healthy or functioning poorly that is causing this plantars fasciitis?
Here’s what we often find is involved in people suffering from plantars fasciitis:
- A heel bone (calcaneus) that has slightly shifted back and up in position. It is very common for the calf muscles to be tight in individuals suffering from this and the tightness can pull the heel bone (calcaneus) up. It shifts ever so slightly, but when it does, it puts more stretch on the plantars fascia predisposing it to fasciitis.
- Knees or hips that are not functioning properly. This alters the biomechanics of how you stand, walk and run and predisposes to plantars fasciitis in one foot over the other.
- Poor running shoes or improper fit of shoes.
*There is some urgency related to plantars fasciitis. If it is left untreated or uncorrected and the inflammation remains in the fascia over time, a heel spur or bone spur can develop on the bottom of the heel bone. When this happens it becomes much more of an issue and often requires surgical intervention.
Can we help your plantars fasciitis?
Without seeing you we have absolutely no idea. If you are currently suffering from the symptoms and are sick and tired of it, we would love to see if we can help to get you get back on your feet!