After reading an article at ValpoLife.com I realized that I had not written on the subject of plantar fasciitis in quite some time. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is a condition that causes pain and inflammation to the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It is most common in runners (especially those that do not have the proper foot support), over weight people, and those who stand for extended periods of time. Symptoms primarily consist of a sharp, stabbing type of pain in the heel that occurs with your first steps in the morning, after prolonged periods of sitting and or standing.
Chiropractic has demonstrated that it can be very effective in treating this condition and preventing problems associated with it. Many people think chiropractors only adjust the spine. Most chiropractors are trained to adjust many joints including the upper and lower extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot). One of the main components of plantar fasciitis is that the muscle and ligaments on the bottom of a persons foot become very taught. The chiropractic adjustment of the foot and heel can help to alleviate some of the tension on the muscles and ligaments.
Many people experiencing heel pain tend to alter the way they stand and walk to help alleviate the discomfort. The problem with changing postures to accommodate heel pain is that it sets the person up for injury in their ankles, knees, hips, and low back. The altered mechanics causes imbalances to the musculoskeletal system that can tighten muscles and ligaments putting pressure on joints. Chiropractic care alleviates the pain of plantar fasciitis with braces, shoe inserts, stretches, exercises, and realignment. Alleviating the heel pain alleviates the need for the individual to find comfortable positions to stand and walk. Chiropractors will determine how much damage has been done to the rest of the body as a result of the plantar fasciitis. The chiropractor will then implement the necessary methods of treatment to include but not limited to adjustments, stretches, exercises and various pain relieving modalities if necessary.
If you or a loved one is suffering from heel pain see a licensed chiropractor first for a total evaluation of your problem.