Plantar Fasciitis - Heel and Foot Pain
If you have pain on the bottom of your heel and feet when you walkor run, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is a common area for problems because you are standing, walking and running on it all the time, especially if you're an athlete. This repetitive stress leads to micro tears, swelling and nerve irritation that cause pain. Plantar fasciitis is common in runners, people who are overweight, people who are on their feet for long periods, pregnant women and people who wear shoes with inadequate support. Plantar fasciitis, if left untreated can lead to foot, knee, hip and back pain due to the changes in the way you walk.
- Chiropractic manipulation of the joints and soft tissues in the foot relieves stress on the plantar fascia and improve foot mobility during activities such as walking, and running.
- Foot exercises develop the muscles in the feet to improve blood circulation and muscle tone. Example: Place a towel on the floor and use your toes to grip the towel and pull it towards your heel.
- Orthodics and shoe inserts reduce physical strain placed on the bottom of the foot.
- Wearing a night splint while you sleep helps to stretch the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon while you sleep to relieve tension on the plantar fascia.
- Cortisone injections can help reduce pain and inflammation.