Approximately one in every ten people are affected by plantar fasciitis at some point in their lives, though it most often occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. In the United States, more than two million people currently have the condition and receive treatment. If you have any type of foot problems or you suspect you have plantar fasciitis, your chiropractor in Lakeville & St. Paul at the Lake Marion Chiropractic Center can help.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which connects the plantar tendon to the heel bone and the base of the toes. Because this tendon acts as a shock absorber and absorbs the brunt of your body weight daily, it is one of the most common causes of foot pain seen by a physician or chiropractic clinic.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is a shooting pain through the bottom of the foot along the heel. The pain is typically at its worse first thing in the morning when you take a few steps after awakening. This pain is usually caused by long periods of walking or standing, but it may be triggered by intense workout sessions.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
When excessive weight or a constant weight is placed on the plantar fasciitis, small tears can arise in the fascia. These tears become tender, irritated and inflamed.
While chiropractic treatments can’t fix the underlying cause of the condition, it’s possible for it to provide pain relief. Your chiropractor is likely to recommend exercises, massage, rest, ice and pain medications. If you are constantly active, your physician may recommend riding a bike or other stationary exercises over walking for long periods and running.