Plantar Fasciitis

Overview of Plantar Fasciitis

There is a thick band of tissue that runs across your foot. It connects the heel to the toes. This can inflame and is known as plantar fasciitis. This usually contributes to a stabbing pain that occurs with the first steps in the morning. As more movement occurs, the pain will decrease. The pain can return after standing for long periods. This type of inflammation is more common in runners. Those who are overweight or wear shoes with inadequate support have increased risk of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.

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Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia acts like a shock absorbing bowstring. This supports the arch in your foot. If tension is too much, small tears can form. Repetitive stretching or tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed. In many cases the cause is not clear.

Complications of Plantar Fasciitis

If you ignore this condition complications can arise. Chronic heel pain can develop. This can change the way one walks. Injuries in the legs, knees, hips and back can develop. Certain treatment options such as steroid injections and surgery can also carry some complications. Steroid injections can weaken the ligament. This can also cause a potential rupture in the ligament. Surgery carries some risks as well. Bleeding, infection and reaction to anesthesia are also risks to be concerned about. Plantar fascia detachment can also cause changes in the foot and nerve damage.

Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Reducing inflammation in the plantar fascia ligament is important. Physical therapy is important part of treatment. It helps stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Physical therapy can also help strengthen the lower leg muscles. This will help stabilize your walk. It also helps lessen the workload on the plantar fascia.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can do a lot to help with plantar fasciitis. First, it is important to reduce the stress. Chiropractic can help take some stress off of the ligament. This can be done through adjustments. If the stress is not reduced then pain and inflammation will continue. It is also important to minimize secondary injuries. Chiropractic care will help minimize misalignments caused by a change in gait. Misalignments that are left untreated can cause problems in other parts of the body. Chiropractic care also goes really well with other treatment methods. This is because it is a non-invasive treatment.


The average American takes 5,900 steps in a single day. Having the right shoe with proper support is important. Pointy toed shoes, high heels, and flat footwear such as sandals do not go well with plantar fasciitis pain. Custom orthotics go a long way in keeping you pain free. Foot levelers take a computerized scan of each foot. It measures the pressure points on each foot. This creates custom orthotics for each individual. Foot levelers add power to your step by supporting the three arches in each foot to provide balance and stability.

ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic

At our clinic, we offer computerized chiropractic care which allow treatment without any popping, cracking, twisting or turning. We also offer free foot leveler scans to see if custom orthotics will be beneficial for you. If you or anyone you know suffers from plantar fasciitis give us a call at (757) 473-9900 (option 1).  check us out