Dr. Kellie Seth, D.C.
Restoring Your Health Naturally
How to Know If That Pain in Your Foot is Plantar Fasciitis
If you’ve been dealing with foot pain, it’s important to know exactly what is causing the pain if you are going to treat it properly. Often the pain is caused by plantar fasciitis (pronounced "PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus"), which is the most common cause of heel pain.
The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. The pain may also be aggravated by joint imbalances in your ankles, knees and hips.
Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers. It can happen in one foot or both feet.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:
What are the symptoms?
Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.
If you have foot pain at night, you may have a different problem, such as arthritis, or a nerve problem such as tarsal tunnel syndrome.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Your doctor will check your feet and watch you stand and walk. He or she will also ask questions about:
Your doctor may take an X-ray of your foot if he or she suspects a problem with the bones of your foot, such as a stress fracture.
How is it treated?
No single treatment works best for everyone with plantar fasciitis. But there are many things you can try to help your foot get better:
What chiropractic treatment is appropriate?
In addition to the approaches already listed, we recommend you visit Dr. Kellie Seth at Healing River Chiropractic to discuss how chiropractic adjustments can assist in addressing your plantar fasciitis.
When a chiropractor adjusts the musculoskeletal system with gentle treatments from the hands, stress on particular parts of the body are reduced significantly. In the case of plantar fasciitis, stress would be removed from the bottom of the foot. This helps the body repair damage in the area by its own natural processes because once stress, ongoing pain, and inflammation are reduced, the body can get to work operating normally.