Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of inferior heel pain. An inflammatory disease affecting your plantar fascia ligament and heel bone, plantar fasciitis is quite painful and sometimes makes it difficult to walk. Specifically, plantar fasciitis affects your heel where ligaments attached to bones suffer micro-tears, scarring, and collagen deterioration. Certain risk factors may promote the development of plantar fasciitis, such as standing for long periods, having flat feet or high arches, being overweight and rolling your foot inward as you walk. Contrary to belief, heel spurs do not produce plantar fasciitis pain specifically because pain produced by heel spurs can be treated by surgically removing spurs.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom and heel of the foot that worsens after the foot is stepped on following a period of rest or upon arising in the morning. Bending the toes and foot up towards the shin also produces pain in the heel and sole area. Since plantar fasciitis is a slow-to-develop foot disorder, most people think the pain is due to simple strain and may not seek chiropractic treatment. Fortunately, chiropractic techniques are available that can relieve plantar fasciitis pain and restore your foot’s range of motion.
Based on your descriptions of symptoms and ultrasound imaging of the affected foot, Dr. Huang can differentiate plantar fasciitis from similar conditions (osteoarthritis, heel pad syndrome) and begin a treatment program addressing your plantar fasciitis pain.
Although taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, wearing customized foot orthotics or using anterior splints while you sleep may provide temporary relief of plantar fasciitis pain, they do not fully address the reason for the inflammation causing your heel pain. In fact, neglecting plantar fasciitis by relying on superficial pain relief could potentially lead to a rupture in the plantar fascia ligament.
Chiropractors commonly use active release technique (ART), a type of therapeutic massage that breaks up fibrous lesions responsible for plantar fasciitis foot pain. While employing stretching motions to release and dissolve these lesions, Dr. Huang will encourage you to be an active participant during your session by asking you to inform him whether his hand motions are helping the pain, doing nothing for the pain or worsening the pain.
Dr. Huang will also teach you how to perform toe and calf stretches that promote disintegration of fibrous lesions while improving range of motion. These easy exercises can be done at home as a complement to active release therapy or other treatments recommended by your chiropractor.
Other chiropractic techniques that may relieve plantar fasciitis heel pain include taping and splinting, cold laser therapy or chiropractic foot manipulation.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain or undiagnosed foot pain, please call Westchase Wellness Chiropractic Center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Huang: (281) 462-5881.