Do your soles hurt first thing in the morning or after a long day on your feet? If the ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot is damaged or torn, you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis.
How do you get plantar fasciitis?
Your plantar fascia ligament can become aggravated or inflamed if you’re a long-distance runner, have a very active job where you’re on your feet a lot, or have suddenly gained a lot of weight (plantar fasciitis is common in pregnant women, especially during late pregnancy).
You can also develop plantar fasciitis because of high arches or flat feet, tight achilles tendons, or from wearing shoes with poor arch support.
What are the symptoms?
Plantar fasciitis is usually a searing pain that’s concentrated in your heel, but can also spread throughout your arches and even the ball of your foot, making those first few steps out of bed quite painful. The sensation has been described as barbed wire in your foot, or a searing pain that almost feels like walking on coals.
However, if your pain is centralized at your ankle, you could be suffering from achilles tendonitis. Treatment by a chiropractor for tendonitis will vary from plantar fasciitis treatment, but a visit for diagnosis is recommended.
What can a chiropractor do for plantar fasciitis?
After a consultation where a doctor of chiropractic will test your reflexes, muscle tone, sense of touch, coordination, balance, and the location of your pain where we rule out bone spurs or fractures, we’ll create a customized plan to address your pain.
Chiropractic treatment for plantar fasciitis deals specifically with the band that holds the arch of your foot. Your plan may include recommendations for orthotic supports alongside with ankle adjustments to increase your range of motion and relieve the tension in your ligament.
As chiropractor, we’ll ensure that you’re well equipped with stretching exercises that you can practice at home, taping solutions that can provide support during athletic competitions, or even a splint that you can wear at night.