Plantar Fasciitis

While this condition is more common in the spring is does occur in the fall as people change their foot wear and level of activity.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes heel pain and occurs in about 10 percent of the population. The condition does not just effects active individuals, it is just as common in sedentary adults of all ages. Plantar fasciitis is more likely to occur in people who spend most of the day on their feet, but what you may not have heard is that individuals who have limited ankle flexion are also prone to plantar fasciitis. The lack of proper ankle flexion when walking on uneven surfaces, going up or down steps or even ladders results in pain due to cumulative overload stress on the plantar ligament that originates on the calcaneus or heel bone of the foot.

Diagnosis
Most cases are diagnosed based on the patient’s history and physical examination. Patients typically present with heel pain on weight bearing, and the pain often persists for months or even years. Pain associated with plantar fasciitis most commonly presents with the first few steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity. Walking barefoot, on toes, or up stairs may exacerbate the pain.

Home therapy

  • Epson salt foot bath
  • Foot rolling device
  • Arch supports

Chiropractic care

  • Tape techniques to support stressed ligaments
  • Adjusting techniques to restore proper foot function
  • Orthotics
  • Exercises
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