What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a strong band of supportive tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, from the base of the toes to the heel. Its function is to support the arch and bones of the middle section of the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated or inflamed, it can cause pain across the bottom of the foot as well as painful symptoms centered in and around the heel.
What risk factors are associated with plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs more commonly with age as the plantar fascia becomes stiffer and less flexible, and it is also more common among people who are overweight or obese, as pressures from excess pounds bear down on the tissues, causing them to weaken and become strained and inflamed. Plantar fasciitis also tends to develop in people who spend long periods of time standing on their feet each day. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are often worse in the morning or after a long period of inactivity when the band of tissue has time to stiffen up. After movement, pain may resolve or lessen as tissues warm up and become more flexible, but the pain will return after another period of inactivity.
How can a chiropractor help relieve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Chiropractors can help relieve the pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis by optimizing the neural pathways in the feet, heels, and ankles, as well as improving circulation that is necessary to heal tissues that have become damaged due to persistent inflammation or constant pressure. Plus, chiropractic techniques are also aimed at reducing inflammation and swelling which can also compromise healing. Deep tissue manipulation and therapeutic massage can be used directly at the site of pain and inflammation to promote optimal healing for both immediate and long-term improvements.