plantar_fasciitis-fig_1-en.png

As we pack up our sandals for the season, we are reminded of the months just spent wearing flat or unsupported footwear that may give way for foot pain. Summer is a great season, but it can be challenging on our feet. One of the most common foot injuries is plantar fasciitis. Scroll below to learn more about your feet, and what can help your pain.

Plantar means ‘foot’, fascia is the ligament along the bottom of your foot, therefore fasciitis means ‘inflammation of the fascia’. The plantar fascia extends from your five toes and runs along the bottom of your foot, attaching to your heel. Plantar fasciitis (pronounced fash-ee-eye-tis) is a serious and painful condition that occurs when the long, flat ligament along the bottom of the foot develops tears and inflammation. Serious causes of plantar fasciitis can possibly lead to ruptures in the ligament.

When you walk or run, you land on your heel and raise yourself on your toes as you shift your weight to the other foot, causing all of your weight to be held up by your plantar fascia. Such repetitive force can pull the fascia from its attachment on your heel and cause damage.

Many factors can cause plantar fasciitis to develop. When walking with a normal step, the ligament stretches as the foot strikes the ground. When walking with an abnormal step or when putting repetitive pressure on the heel, the plantar fascia ligament can stretch irregularly, become stressed, and develop small tears.

The pain from plantar fasciitis can be described as a dull ache or sharp pain. It tends to worsen after standing or exercising for prolonged periods of time, or after getting out of bed in the morning. Morning heel pain is one of the most common symptoms; as you continue to walk, the fascia ‘warms up’ and reduces the tension.

FUN FOOT FACTS
Each adult foot has:
26 bones,
33 joints
100 muscles, tendons & ligaments

WHAT CAN CAUSE PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
-Abnormal inward twisting of the foot, high arches, flat feet, tight Achilles tendon
-Repetitive pressure on the feet, prolonged walking, standing and running
-Being overweight or having poorly cushioned shoes
-Natural process of aging, aka ‘normal wear and tear’
-In rare cases, a single traumatic injury to the foot

WHAT CAN HELP PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
-Chiropractic adjustments to the feet
-Progressive resistance exercises
-Ultrasound
-Icing
-Light massage

Call 414-607-0366 to schedule your plantar fasciitis consultation today!