Plantar fasciitis is the number one cause of pain in the heel. The plantar fascia is the ligament connecting your toes to the heel bone. This ligament provides support to the foot’s arch. If the plantar fascia is strained, it swells, gets inflamed and becomes weak. This is what causes pain in the bottom of the foot or heel when you stand or walk. Plantar fasciitis commonly affects middle-aged people. There are cases where it affects young people who spend long hours on their feet such as soldiers and athletes. This condition can affect one or both feet depending on the use.
Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis
Straining the ligament that supports your arch is the main cause of plantar fasciitis. When the strain is repeated, there might be a development of small tears. These tears are the main cause of swelling and pain. The tears will develop if:
- Your feet are always rolling too much inwards when walking. This is also referred as excessive pronation.
- you have flat feet or high arches
- you are overweight
- you wear shoes that are worm out or do not fit properly
- you have tight calf muscles or Achilles’ tendons
Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis
Most people who have plantar fasciitis have reported feeling pain when making the fast step after sitting for a long time, or after getting out of bed. After taking a few steps, the stiffness and the pain will reduce. There will, however, be an increase in pain as the day progresses and as you use your feet. The pain might peak as you climb stairs or when you stand for extended periods. If the pain comes at night, there is a high chance that you are dealing with a different condition such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or arthritis.
Diagnosis is all about questions. The medical practitioner will observe you as you get up to walk and ask a few questions. You will need to provide details related to your health history. Symptoms you are dealing with and the activities you participate in every day. If the expert suspects that there might be a problem related to your bones, there will be a need for X-ray. It is therefore important that you accurately answer the questions for proper diagnosis.
Wellness In Motion Chiropractic Center focuses on chiropractic care to heal different conditions including plantar fasciitis. Our approach is aimed at giving you back your comfort without using invasive methods. We use physical and massage therapy to deal with the pain in your foot. Our expert doctor is highly trained and qualified to administer comprehensive and effective chiropractic care. He will first observe your foot in the diagnosis process and schedule therapy sessions that will not only relieve pain, but also deal with the condition to allow you to live a pain-free life. Chiropractic care has been used for ages but has got better and more effective with modern medicine and equipment.
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