Ask around and you will probably find someone who has suffered from plantar fasciitis, as it is one of the most common causes of foot pain in adults. But what exactly is plantar fasciitis, and how does it occur?
The plantar fascia is a flat ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot. It connects your heel to your toes and helps support the arch of the foot. If this tissue gets damaged, it can lead to pain in the heel or bottom of the foot. We have heard people describe it as sharp, shooting, and akin to ‘walking on broken glass,’ when taking their first steps in the morning or after sitting for a long time.
Approximately 2 million people are treated for this condition every year. It is most common between the ages of 40-60, and those who are overweight, have flat feet, or fallen arches are at higher risk for developing it. But if you stand or walk for long periods, wear flat shoes without support, do high impact activities (dancers and runners) you may also be at risk.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis is available through chiropractic care. Chiropractors can reduce the stress on the ligament by improving movements in surrounding joints via adjustments. Our clinic can also use ultrasound, cold laser, and soft tissue techniques to work on the plantar fascia. Through stretches and exercises we can strengthen and stabilize the area, and through custom orthotics, we can help support the foot.
If you, or someone you know has foot pain and suspects they have plantar fasciitis, contact our office today to find out more treatment options and start feeling better today.
Dr. Carolyn R. Weiss, MSc, DC for Meridian Chiropractic + Health Centre.