Back on Track Chiropractic and Wellness Center - Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis may be one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults. It also takes a relatively long time to heal and must be carefully managed during the healing process to prevent secondary problems. Chiropractic treatments can help prevent those problems, while other strategies, such as massage and exercises, offer pain relief. Here are some basics about this condition, courtesy of Back on Track Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Birmingham, AL.
About the Plantar Fascia
Fascia is the medical term used for the thick fibrous covering of muscles. The plantar fascia runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the bones of the toes. Its primary function is to act as a shock absorber for the arch of the foot. Excess tension and stress can cause small tears in the fascia. Over time, the fascia becomes irritated and inflammation sets in, causing pain. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pain in the heel when you first get up in the morning or when you stand after sitting for prolonged periods of time. The pain is usually worse after, but not during, exercise.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes and Risk Factors
Although sometimes there is no obvious cause, plantar fasciitis is more likely if:
- You are between the ages of 40 and 60.
- You engage in activities that put a lot of stress on the heel such as, Long-distance running, jumping, and various kinds of vigorous dancing like ballet and aerobic dance.
- You have flat feet, a high arch, or any condition that affects the way your weight is distributed when walking or standing.
- You are obese.
- You spend long hours on your feet, especially standing and walking on hard surfaces.
Chiropractic Care for Plantar Fasciitis
Once you develop plantar fasciitis, it’s important to recognize that it takes time to heal. You’ll need to stop any activity that increases pain or inflammation. Since stress is what cases the tiny tears in the fascia, it’s important to address this issue. For example, your condition may benefit from the use of orthotics if you have flat feet. Massage can help reduce tension and spasm in the feet. Since most people change their gait in response to the pain of plantar fasciitis, misalignment may occur that cause back, knee, or hip pain. Chiropractic treatment can correct the alignment problems and prevent secondary complications. Targeted exercises can also help strengthen muscles and relieve muscle tension to bring pain relief.
If you have heel pain and think it might be from plantar fasciitis, please contact us at Back on Track Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 205-623-5782. You’ll find us at 225 Lakeshore Parkway in Birmingham, AL. We offer extended hours to help fit treatment into your busy schedule.