What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. This inflammation can cause heel pain and discomfort.

What are the Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Heel Pain: The most noticeable symptom is pain in the bottom of the heel, typically near the front of the heel pad or at the base of the arch.
  • Morning Pain: Pain is often more intense in the morning when taking the first steps out of bed or after periods of rest. This is because the plantar fascia tightens during inactivity.
  • Foot Arch Discomfort: Some individuals may experience pain or tenderness in the arch of the foot.
  • Increased Pain After Activity: Pain may worsen after prolonged standing, walking, or running.
  • Stiffness: The foot may feel stiff, especially after periods of inactivity.

Why is Chiropractic Effective at Correcting
and Preventing Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Foot and Ankle Alignment: Chiropractors can assess and address misalignments in the foot and ankle, which may contribute to plantar fasciitis. By restoring proper alignment, they help reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Calf Muscle Stretching: Tight calf muscles can contribute to plantar fasciitis. Chiropractors may recommend specific stretches to improve flexibility and reduce strain on the plantar fascia.
  • Orthotic Support: Chiropractors can provide recommendations for orthotic inserts to support the arch and distribute pressure more evenly, aiding in the prevention and management of plantar fasciitis.
  • Gait Analysis: Chiropractors may analyze your walking or running gait to identify any abnormalities that could be contributing to foot issues. Adjustments and corrective exercises can then be recommended.
  • Holistic Approach: Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach, considering the entire body’s biomechanics. This can address underlying issues contributing to plantar fasciitis, such as imbalances in the hips or spine.

Our Chiropractor also has a unique tool to help break up scar tissue on the bottom of the foot. It is a comfortable and efficient therapy. 

Why Can Breaking Up Scar Tissue  Help Correct Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Breaking Down Adhesions: Scar tissue can form in the plantar fascia due to inflammation. Massage therapy helps break down adhesions and scar tissue, promoting better flexibility and reducing pain.
  • Increased Blood Flow: Massage stimulates blood circulation in the affected area, bringing in nutrients and oxygen. This aids in the healing process and reduces inflammation.
  • Pain Relief: Scar tissue massage helps alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis by targeting areas of tension and discomfort.
  • Improved Range of Motion: Massage can enhance the range of motion in the foot, allowing for more comfortable movement and reducing strain on the plantar fascia.
  • Complementing Chiropractic Care: Scar tissue massage is often used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments to create a comprehensive approach to addressing plantar fasciitis and promoting overall foot health.

For individuals dealing with plantar fasciitis, consulting with a chiropractor experienced in foot and ankle issues will provide personalized guidance and a tailored treatment plan to manage symptoms and improve foot function.