Plantar Fasciitis

plantar fasciitisPlantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the fascia or thick fibrous band of connective tissue originating on the bottom surface of the heel extending along the sole of the almost to the five toes.  The pain is most often felt in the bottom of the heel and the pain is more prominent in the morning.  Plantar Fasciitis is loosely associated with a heel spur in that Plantar Fasciitis is most likely the cause of the heel spur, not the other way around.

Risk factors for Plantar Fasciitis include:  foot  arch problems (both flat and high arches), obesity, sudden weight gain, running, and tight Achilles tendon.  Excessive and continuous overuse of the plantar fascia by increased pressure cause the swelling and pain.

Initial treatment often involves anti-inflammatory medications, heel stretching exercises, night splints, and shoe inserts.  If theses conservative treatments are not effective casting of the foot as far as the knee may be necessary.  Thirdly, steroid injections may be considered followed by surgical release for very stubborn cases.  Plantar Fasciitis is normally resolved within a year’s time and often less.

Plantar Fasciitis is exclusively diagnosed by means of clinical exam.  This mean that no special testing is required, only subjective symptoms given by the patient and objective findings made by the physician.

Chiropractic treatments for Plantar Fasciitis are quite effective and include the employment of ultrasound, trigger point therapy, and ankle manipulation.

If you believe yourself to be hampered with this condition consult your family doctor or our office for further evaluation and treatment.