The plantar fascia is located at the bottom of the feet, supporting the arch of the foot and absorbing some of the load placed on the feet when walking or running. When this area becomes inflamed, it is known as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the bottom of the feet, especially when walking and upon waking up in the morning. Affecting around 1 in 10 Americans, plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs in people between the ages of 40 to 60.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the toes to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this ligament becomes inflamed, and often results in pain when standing or applying pressure on the feet. It is commonly caused by overuse injuries, such as repeated impact on the heel from walking, running, or standing. The most prevalent symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp pain near the heel that is typically at its worst upon first walking after waking up, after exercising or prolonged walking or running. Activity modifications, wearing orthotics, and regularly stretching the feet can all help treat plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can be painful and interfere with day-to-day performance and activities. If you are experiencing foot or heel pain and believe you may be afflicted with plantar fasciitis, please consult with the professionals at Total Wellness Medical Centre today.
What is the main cause of plantar fasciitis?
The main cause of plantar fasciitis is repeated small injuries to the fascia, which typically occur near to where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone.
Factors that can lead to damage of the plantar fascia include:
- Spending a lot of time walking, running, standing, especially when the body is not accustomed to it
- Running or walking on a hard surface, for example on pavement versus grass
- Wearing shoes with poor cushioning or arch support
- Being overweight, as this strains the heel
- Overuse or sudden stretching of the sole
- Having a tight Achilles tendon, as this can affect the ability to flex the ankle and may increase the likeliness of damaging the plantar fascia
What happens if you ignore plantar fasciitis?
Ignoring plantar fasciitis can make it worse. The small tears in the plantar fascia can worsen and accumulate with repeated stress, affecting the strength and stability of the ligament. If left untreated, the tearing can make it more susceptible to damage in the future. This can lead to degeneration and persistent inflammation. The longer someone waits to receive treatment for plantar fasciitis, the less likely they are to improve from conservative management. As the ligament continues to be overloaded and overbore, the injury and inflammation continue to develop, exacerbating all of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis may be getting worse, if:
- The pain does not fade during the day
- The pain increases over time
- The pain begins to affect other areas of the feet
- The knees start to hurt
- The hips and lower back start to hurt
What is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis?
The best treatment for plantar fasciitis depends on the patient and the severity of their condition. Mild cases of plantar fasciitis typically respond well to more conservative treatments, whereas more severe cases typically require more interventional methods. The treatments offered at Total Wellness Medical Centre include:
- Chiropractic Care
- Rehabilitation Therapy
Don’t let your plantar fasciitis go untreated, come to Total Wellness Medical Centre for treatment today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating plantar fasciitis and can help you get to the root of the problem, rather than just treat its symptoms. Call us today to book an appointment. We serve patients from Wilmington DE, Claymont DE, New Castle DE, Greenville DE, Centerville DE, Elsmere DE, Hockessin DE, Chadds Ford PA, Garnet Valley PA, and Kennett Square PA. Looking forward to serve you!