Do you have Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause for heel pain. “Plantar” means the bottom of the foot; “fascia” is a type of connective tissue and “it is” means inflammation.
The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen and inflamed, which causes your heel or the bottom of your foot to hurt when you stand or walk.
Many of our patients will experience one or more of the following symptoms:
• Pain when taking the first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long period of time
• Standing for prolonged periods of climbing stairs causes foot pain
• Sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel
• Deep ache in the middle of the heel or along the arch of your foot
An important point to make is just because you have foot/ankle pain; this does not mean you automatically have plantar fasciitis. You need to get a thorough examination to determine what is causing your pain. There are multiple potential causes of ankle and foot pain, however plantar fasciitis does happen to be one of the more common ones.
Some other examples of potential causes of foot and ankle pain include: Achilles tendonitis, bone spurs, fractured ankle/foot bones, bunions, diabetic neuropathy, gout, metatarsalgia, various arthritic conditions (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.), tarsal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and many more.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
The cause of plantar fasciitis is often unclear and may be multifactorial. Because of the high incidence in runners, it is best postulated to be caused by repetitive micro trauma. However there are several known risk factors, which include obesity, occupations requiring prolonged standing and weight bearing, as well as heel spurs. Other risk factors for plantar fasciitis can be broken down into two categories, extrinsic and intrinsic risk factors.
Extrinsic risk factors often involve training errors. Athletes usually have a history of an increase in distance, intensity or duration of an activity. The addition of speed workouts, plyometric, and hill workouts are particularly high-risk behaviors for the development of plantar fasciitis, as well as running indoors or outdoors on poorly cushioned surfaces (such as cement). Appropriate equipment and appropriate shoe wear is of paramount importance to avoid developing plantar fasciitis.
Intrinsic factors include structural risk factors such as pes planus (low arch), overpronation, pes cavus (high arch), leg-length discrepancy, excessive tibial torsion, and excessive femoral anteversion.
The best steps to take if you are experiencing symptoms that mimic plantar fasciitis or any pain in the ankle/foot complex is to undergo a comprehensive examination. Once the examination has been performed, the proper diagnosis can be revealed and appropriate treatment can then be rendered. At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean takes an integrative approach to your examination and works to find a solution to get you out of pain quickly and effectively.
How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
Plantar fasciitis can be a nagging problem, which gets worse and more difficult to treat the longer it’s present. There is no one single treatment that works best for everyone, but there are things you can try to help your foot feel better:
• Give your foot a rest
• Cut back on activities that make your foot hurt
• Try not to walk or run on hard surfaces
• To reduce swelling and pain, try icing your heel with a covered ice pack for 10-15 minutes/day
Determining the specific underlying cause of your plantar fasciitis is the most important step if effective treatment is to be rendered. Once the cause of your plantar fasciitis is identified, Dr. St Jean utilizes a whole-body approach to treat your plantar fasciitis by treating not just your bones and joints, but also your muscles and soft tissues as well as your nervous system and brain.
He accomplishes this by combining Brain Based Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, Therapeutic Exercise and Soft Tissue into a comprehensive treatment session aimed to correct the underlying cause of your shoulder pain and eliminate your pain quickly and effectively.
How do I make sure my Plantar Fasciitis doesn’t return after treatment?
At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean’s approach is integrative and aims to restore function of your ankle and foot as quickly as possible. Following your home-based rehabilitation plan will ensure you get results quickly and effectively.
Also, completing the entire duration of your specified treatment program as well as avoiding the lifestyle choices, which propagated your pain, in the first place will help to ensure you avoid plantar fasciitis in the future.