Chronic foot pain is no fun, and can spoil your enjoyment of life. One of the most common causes of pain in the feet, affecting nearly two million people yearly, is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone (calcaneous) and the toes. This ligament is composed of fibrous bands of tissue, and runs along the entire bottom of the foot supporting 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 tendons and muscles during standing and movement. Plantar fascia may become inflamed when tiny tears occur in these delicate tissues.
The most common symptom of planar fasciitis is a burning or aching pain on the bottom of the foot in the mornings, often near the heel. The pain tends to decrease with activity, but may recur after periods of walking or standing. Half of people diagnosed with plantar fasciitis say that their pain is constant; 90% say that it hurts when they press on the area around the heel.
There are many potential causes of plantar fasciitis. Overuse during exercise or physical activity is one of the most common, and athletes who run, jump, or perform other repetitive movements that put pressure on the feet are prone to this condition. It may also be caused or aggravated by arthritis and diabetes, especially in the elderly. Wearing the wrong shoes or shoes with little or no arch support or cushioning can put strain on the tendons and, over time, cause plantar fasciitis symptoms. Improper footwear is even more likely to be a cause if you have flat feet, high arches, overpronation, or underpronation. Being overweight can also place additional strain on your feet that can lead to foot, ankle, knee, hip and back pain symptoms.
Whatever the cause, plantar fasciitis can take all the fun out of walking or even moving around easily. More important, it is a condition that should be diagnosed and treated early, before it becomes more serious. Traditional medical treatments tend to focus on reducing the pain (via anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or more serious pain relievers) and alleviating pressure on the heel. Unfortunately, this regimen does not address the potential causes of the disorder. For many, chiropractic adjustments of the feet and related joints (in addition to traditional approaches such as icing and avoiding for a time the movements that seem to exacerbate the pain) may help to restore a proper range of motion, and thus remove the cause of the problem.
More advanced computer technologies like our GaitScan measures how you walk or run and can provide valuable data for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of your symptoms. Custom orthotic therapy is often covered by health insurance plans. Our modern slim but supportive custom inserts are not only comfortable and fit easily into your shoes, but they outperform popular over-the-counter cushion inserts by both relieving pain and preventing future occurrences of it. Combine this with appropriate lifestyle modifications, anti-inflammatory diets and Frequency Specific Microcurrent therapy that clinically reduces inflammation and pain while healing scar tissue, tears and adhesions in the fascia, and you’ve got a recipe for success!
Of course how quickly these therapies may provide relief depends on each individual case, but relief can be found. Mention this article to receive a free computer GaitScan assessment and consultation to help you diagnose the root cause of your plantar fasciitis symptoms ($50 savings!)