Your feet support your body and help you move. Injury and illness can leave your feet aching and cramping with every step. This is especially true with an overuse injury like plantar fasciitis. This is when inflammation and damage happens to a band of tissue that holds up your arch, causing quite a bit of pain. If you rely on your ability to stand, walk and run, plantar fasciitis can be completely debilitating. We can help get you up and running once more with effective rehabilitative therapies!
An injury can instantly cause you pain and trouble walking. However, many common issues with the feet come on over time and they become worse when the right medical treatment is not pursued. The human body is made up similar from person to person, which is why there are common issues with the feet that many people experience. Some of those include:
You may notice that you have had several of these feet issues throughout your life. Some go together, while others you can get from infections (like plantar warts). One that we’ll focus on—plantar fasciitis—is not something that comes from an infection. It comes from your lifestyle and daily habits.
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition named after the area of the foot that is injured or inflamed. This area is called the plantar fascia, and it’s the thin tissue that runs from your heel to your toe. The bottom of each foot has a wide, thick band of soft tissue that runs along this area. Your plantar fascia tissue will connect to the Achilles tendon. It’s responsible for holding the tension that creates the arch of each foot. The location of the plantar fascia tissue is right along the sole of your foot. Because of it being in this commonly-used area, it is easily damaged by overuse or any activity that causes it to stretch more than usual.
If you feel sharp or stabbing pains when you get up in the morning and place weight on your feet, it is an indication of plantar fasciitis. This common characteristic can weed out other foot issues. Common symptoms we see in patients also include:
Plantar fasciitis can come on over time and you may not feel symptoms sometimes, while others you will be in severe pain trying to walk or stand. With any of the type of symptoms we listed, make sure you have your feet evaluated so your tissues don’t become more inflamed.
There is still much to be known about plantar fasciitis and how it happens. Many different activities can cause the plantar fascia tissue to become damaged or inflamed. Commonly, repetition with exercise or at work can cause plantar fasciitis. In others, simply standing for long periods of time on hard concrete or stone surfaces can do it. The degenerative process of aging can cause your foot this pain, as well as tight tendons and ligaments that strain the plantar fascia tissue. Injuries can make this condition happen in an instant. All of these are common ways that patients start to have pain in their feet.
If you’ve never had plantar fasciitis, but you already do have feet issues, it’s best to avoid this condition if you can. Some tips to avoid issues include:
Many health issues are made worse simply because patients don’t seek treatment promptly. Some will wait it out to see if their condition gets better, which can only make it worse. Healthy feet won’t have aches and pain, especially if those symptoms are chronic. Once may be a fluke. A second time is definitely something you don’t want to ignore.
Because plantar fasciitis is a common issue, we have treatments to help patients get back on their feet. Simply having the right stretches for your feet can help diminish inflammation and severe pain. We can provide you with stretching instructions unique to where you have symptoms. These stretches can be done with a professional and can relieve tightness in your band over time. Most patients find relief from having custom inserts made for their shoes. These provide better arch support to relieve tension and tightness in the foot and can be made for many types of shoes.
Still having issues with your feet? A chiropractic adjustment may be needed. Chiropractic adjustments are non-narcotic natural treatments that help realign the body to relieve tension and inflammation. These adjustments are commonly done on the back and spine, but patients with specific problems in their limbs can receive chiropractic adjustments to help with issues such as plantar fasciitis. Some patients may need physical therapy or steroid injections to boost their healing. The best part about working with a professional is that you get better quicker and with the right methods. To have your health evaluation and to start on your treatment plan, call Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025!