Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition that is associated with inflammation to the plantar fascia. Typically around 80% of all symptoms felt on the bottom of the foot are related to a plantar fasciitis injury. It is commonly described as a sharp and/or burning sensation felt on the bottom of the feet around the area of the heel. Some of the common associations that will aid in the progression of plantar fasciitis are being overweight, having a high or flat arch, and standing for long durations of time. This condition will likely remain unchanged if left untreated and may progress to possible heel spurs and nerve entrapment. Chiropractic techniques coupled with the proper physiotherapy and orthotics have proved very effective in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
In many plantar fasciitis cases the structures on the sole of the foot are extremely tight. This tightness is most commonly felt in the morning hours of the day, and as the foot begins to naturally stretch out the symptoms are relieved temporarily. It is very important to heal the inflamed tissues with specific physiotherapy exercises along with some at home treatments to be one every morning to minimize the morning discomfort that is commonly associated with plantar fasciitis. Custom fit orthotics may also be needed in order to support the natural arch of the foot, in order to maximize treatment. More about orthotics and their purpose can be learned HERE.