Do you suffer from pain on the bottom of your foot that causes agony with every step? Treating plantar fasciitis with chiropractic care is becoming more and more common as we see more cases each year in my San Diego Chiropractic clinic.
Plantar fasciitis is one diagnosis among many that refer to pain in the bottom of the foot. In typical cases, plantar fasciitis can cause pain in one or all of the following areas: in the arch of the foot, in the heal of the foot and in the knees. The duration of pain can be as short as to only involve pain with your first few steps of the day to pain with every step you take throughout your day.
The plantar surface of the foot (the bottom) has four layers of muscles that act to move and stabilize the joints of the foot and the toes.Covering the surface of these four layers is the plantar fascia which wraps around the bottom and sides of the foot and lies between the skin and the first layer of muscle.These fascial planes also separate the four layers of muscle as well as individual muscles at each level.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. In many cases the fascia becomes irritated and inflamed by some kind of repetitive stress (over use) such as running and professions that require excessive time walking or standing. Another common symptom with plantar fasciitis is pain when moving the foot and toes toward your shin, also know as dorsiflexion of the ankle. Plantar fasciitis is more common in athletes it is also more common in those with a higher body mass index. Plantar fasciitis can become so painful that those who suffer with it have to implement severe restrictions in their activities of daily living in order to limit the pain that they experience.
The mechanisms involved in plantar fasciitis are no different than the mechanisms that affect the joints and muscles in other areas of the body. The condition begins with irritation of the local tissues. This irritation leads to inflammation which causes pain and spasms. With time, the inflammation causes scar tissue formation which in turn leads to more pain and restrictions in flexibility. One of the problems with scar tissue is that it tends to infiltrate through adjacent fascia planes resulting in pain when the muscles separated by the fat planes try to move independent of one another.
When plantar fasciitis is untreated the changes that take place can become more degenerative than inflammatory and begin to affect the tendons and ligaments of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis affects two million Americans each year and will be experienced by 10% of the population over the course of their lives.
In my San Diego Chiropractic clinic we treat plantar fasciitis with a combination of myofascial release techniques, chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound, nutritional recommendations and therapies that patients do at home. Treatment is effective when the patient is committed to getting better. If you are suffering with plantar fasciitis and need help – don’t hesitate to call us, we would be happy to consult with you to see if chiropractic care would be of help in your case.