Plantar Fasciitis Treatment for Pain Relief at Basics First Chiropractic
We are knowledgeable about types of plantar fasciitis treatment and can help you become free of the pain you’re feeling. Plantar fasciitis, also called “heel pain syndrome,” affects approximately 2 million people in the United States each year. Plantar fasciitis can come on gradually as the result of a degenerative process or sudden foot trauma. It can appear in one heel or both. It is generally worse on taking the first few steps in the morning or after prolonged sitting or non-weight-bearing movement. Symptoms can be aggravated by activity and prolonged weight bearing. Obesity, too, is hard on the feet—it can cause plantar pain or it can make that pain worse. We are knowledgeable about plantar fasciitis treatment and can help you become free of the pain.
The plantar fascia connects the calcaneal tubercle to the forefoot with five slips directed to each toe respectively. Other conditions, such as calcaneal fat pad atrophy, calcaneal stress fracture, nerve entrapment, and rheumatoid arthritis may also cause foot pain. These conditions may be found in combination with plantar fasciitis, or separate from it.
Improper footwear can bring about plantar fasciitis. Such footwear may allow excessive pronation or under-pronation, as well as impaired shock absorption. Pronation is part of a normal gait. The ankle rolls slightly inward after heel strike. Then, the ankle rolls outward as you toe-off from that step. Your foot overpronates, however, when it rolls too far inward. That can stress the foot’s soft tissues.
Compensation is a problem with plantar fasciitis. We are “compensating” when we get into the habit of moving the body in a new way to avoid pain. It’s possible to bring on plantar fasciitis as a result of compensating for conditions such as chronic Achilles tendonosis, calf strains, and tibialis posterior dysfunction. On the other hand, persistent pain from plantar fasciitis itself may get you to shift your weight to the outside of the affected foot, or you may try to land on the toes. Any of these pain-avoiding strategies throw the body out of alignment—and can lead to stressed joints and new pain in other parts of the body. Symptoms may increase to the point where you are no longer able to bear weight on the affected foot.
Manipulative treatment may be beneficial to restore normal joint mechanics to reduce tension across the plantar fascia.
A brief self-massage of the plantar fascia before getting out of bed in the morning can be helpful—before any weight bearing or stretching. Try rolling a golf ball from the middle of the affected foot on the sole toward the toes. Do not roll it over bones; keep it in the soft-tissue part of the underfoot. This brief massage takes 20 to 60 seconds.
It’s important to understand that surgical treatment of bone spurs rarely improves plantar fasciitis pain. And surgery for plantar fasciitis can cause secondary complications—a troubling condition known as lateral column syndrome.
Recovery from plantar fasciitis can be a slow process. Most people recover in 6 to 9 months with conservative therapy. Approximately 90 percent will respond to conservative measures.
Questions? Please feel free to contact us about any foot pain you may be experiencing. You don’t have to live with the pain — we can help!