What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Your plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue located on the bottom of your foot.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when this band of tissue becomes inflammed.  Plantar fasciitis occurs with excessive stress placed on the bottom of your foot.  Signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain, pain with walking, pain worse in the morning, a burning feeling on the bottom of your foot, and a tight achilles tendon. 

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is common in runners and in people between the age of 40-60

Repetitive overuse of the plantar fascia can cause an inflammatory response by the body resulting in heel pain.  For runners, or those that are on their feet for long periods of time, make sure that your shoes have enough support and are not worn down.  Having improper footwear can lead to plantar fasciitis.  In many cases of plantar fasciitis, the patient has tight calf muscles which can play a role in the pain of plantar fasciitis.

How Can We Help Plantar Fasciitis?

Chiropractic care has been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of plantar fasciitis

Chiropractic care, inlcuding chiropractic adjustments, dry needling, soft tissue work, and rehab exercises, can help you be pain free.  Chiropractic adjustments can be applied the the joints of the foot and ankle to 'reset' the ankle joint.  Dry needling and soft tissue therapy can be utilized in the calf muscle or the plantar fascia itself to 'reset' the musculature and connective tissue.  Rehabilitation movements can help a patient restore the proper movement patterns.

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