Plantar fasciitis is a common type of pain that occurs in the heel or the bottom of the foot. The condition affects the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that supports that arch of the foot. This pain is often severe, especially early in the day or during periods of rest. So what do you need to know about plantar fasciitis?

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

This medical condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including excessive running, leg length inequality, flat feet, or standing for long periods of time. Obesity or a high BMI rate can worsen plantar fasciitis due to the extra physical stress on the feet. Poor footwear can also contribute to the pain. The breakdown of the plantar fascia results in disorganized collagen fiber and microtraumas to the foot. The disruption of connective tissue often places strain or inflammation on the foot.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Sharp pain in the heel of your foot.
  • Numbness, swelling, tingling pain.
  • Stiffness.
  • Pain felt after long periods of standing.
  • Worsened pain when you climb or tip-toe around.
  • Pain that lessons during or after exercise.
  • Symptoms lessen when you walk, increase when you rest.
  • Clicking noises, snapping sounds, or local swelling may indicate a fascia rupture.

How is Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosed and Treated

A chiropractor may review the patient’s medical history or risk factors before performing a physical examination. Imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasound or MRI may be needed.

There a variety of non-surgical treatment plans for this condition. Pain relief medication like aspirin or ibuprofen may be prescribed to the patient. Sometimes your chiropractor may direct you to apply heat packs or ice packs. Calf exercise and arch tapping are some common forms of physical therapy for the condition. Lifestyle modifications may be recommended, such as certain footwear or forms of rest. Corticosteroid injections is another non-surgical way of providing short-term relief. Plantar iontophoresis involves the application of anti-inflammatory substances to the foot through an electric current.

Plantar fasciotomy is a popular surgical treatment, often involving endoscopic or invasive approaches. Coblatation is an alternative surgery for calcitrant plantar fasciitis. Other kinds of plantar fasciitis treatments, like dry needling, are currently being researched and tested within the scientific community.

Contact Chiropractic Care to Relieve Your Symptoms Today

Churn Creek Chiropractic is a healthcare center that strives to bring quality chiropractic services to the area of Redding, CA. We offer a wide range of services, including treatment for plantar fasciitis. If you have any questions or concerns about Churn Creek’s chiropractic care, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone ((530) 221-4991), fax (530-221-5162) or email. Our staff will work diligently to meet the healthcare needs of each individual patient.