Plantar fasciitis is inflammation or degradation of a thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. The purpose of the plantar fascia is to support the natural arch of the foot and be a natural spring when we walk or run. There are over 3 million cases of plantar fasciitis every year in the United States. The classic presentation for plantar fasciitis is pain with placing weight on the foot when standing or walking. Often this is seen with a painful first step when getting out of bed. We also see tight calf muscles often associated with cases in younger individuals. The pain improves with stretching or walking through the pain.
The best treatment for it is conservative care comprised of chiropractic adjustments, massage and rehab to help stretch the calf muscles. We see great results with chiropractic adjustments of the foot and ankle and Graston soft tissue work on the plantar fascia. Our best recommendations for how to manage plantar fasciitis at home include massaging the foot with a frozen water bottle, proper arch support, ensuring a large enough toe box, and using dorsiflexion splints at night. We also want to dissuade being sedentary and staying off your feet for too long, wearing tight unsupportive shoes, and staying away from high impact exercises.
If you have been managing plantar fasciitis on your own, please come in and we can help you eliminate your pain.