One of the most common pains that people experience in their feet is known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of tissue at the bottom of your foot. The thick band of connective tissue that connects the heel bone to your toes, also known as your plantar fascia, is what causes this discomfort.A common presentation for this condition is a sharp pain in the heel that radiates along the inside of the foot. The pain is often worst in the mornings and people will often complain that it feels like “walking on broken glass” upon getting out of bed.

Several things can contribute to plantar fasciitis, pronated or “flat feet” can cause a stretching effect on the plantar fascia, leading to repetitive stress on the area. Unfortunately, ridged “high arches” can also contribute to the issue because the force that is normally absorbed by the movement of the foot and ankle is instead transmitted to the Plantar Fascia.

Management for your Plantar Fasciitis may include a foot scan and biomechanical assessment of your feet, ankles, knees and hips. Also, stretching and strengthening certain muscles in your feet and legs should help address certain imbalances that causes the plantar fasciitis to present. Lastly, techniques like taping, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound and/or IASTM may be utilized to help aid the healing and recovery process. A recent study showed that 95% of patients with plantar fasciitis responded favorable to conservative care1, but for some patient’s more invasive means such as surgery or P.R.P. injections were required.

References

  1. Baxter DE. The Heel in Sports. Clin Sports Med. 1994; 13:685-693
  2. Souza, T. A. (1997). Differential diagnosis for the chiropractor: Protocols and algorithms. Gaithersburg, Md: Aspen Publishers.

If you think that you may be struggling with plantar fasciitis or this is something that you’ve had to deal with for some time, it’s time to visit the team at Life Wellness Center. We would be more than happy to figure out a time to provide you with a full consultation and cover the different treatment options available. To schedule an appointment for your plantar fasciitis, call us at (952) 225-3074.