Plantar Fasciitis: What Is It? What To Do About It?

How Can I Find Out If My Foot Pain is Really Plantar Fasciitis?

Often times, folks think they have Plantar Fasciitis if they are experiencing any sort of pain in the foot – irrespective of location, whether it be the top of the foot or the bottom, left or right. But the fact is that the plantar fascia is only one of the numerous structures on the bottom of the foot. This means it is not the only thing that can cause pain to the bottom of your foot. In fact, most of the time, the pain you are experiencing at the bottom of your foot isn’t a result of plantar fasciitis. Generally, it’s one of the smaller muscles that is the source of pain and discomfort. For instance, someone who has pain on the middle arch of the foot does not have plantar fasciitis, because that is not where the plantar fascia is even located!

So What is Plantar Fasciitis?

As mentioned above, much of the foot pain experienced by folks isn’t Plantar Fasciitis. Rather, it’s a spasm of one of the other muscles located nearby. The most typical form of Plantar Fasciitis is when the plantar fascia (a sinewy strip of tissue located at the bottom of the foot) becomes inflamed from a number of tears. As a result of this overuse, the body begins to deposit scar tissue in these miniature tears in an effort to heal the soft tissue. Due to this, the plantar fascia will become tight and far less flexible, making it prone to tears and inflammation in the future. This is what Plantar Fasciitis is in a nutshell.

Who Ends Up Developing Plantar Fasciitis?

Runners are the most prone to developing Plantar Fasciitis, for they put far too much pressure on the foot with all that pounding. Running on concrete only increases their chances of getting injured, as the body was never designed to run on such a surface. Basketball and football players are the next most common type of folks to develop Plantar Fasciitis. Basketball players: because they do a lot of jumping on hardwood floor; football players: because they make quick, dynamic cuts on astroturf, an artificial surface that puts a lot of strain on the legs and lower extremeties. But it’s not just the athletes that can develop Plantar Fasciitis. Practically anyone who spends the majority of his day on his feet can develop this debilitating problem. Grocery workers and folks that work in factories seem to develop Plantar Fasciitis on a regular basis.

Don’t worry, though. Ninety to ninety-five percent of all Plantar Fasciitis patients find a reolution to their pain without having to resort to surgery. Physical therapy is a fantastic option, but it may take up to a year to return to full health.

How Do Our Chiropractors Help?

It is fantastic that the majority of patients with Plantar Fasciitis don’t have to have surgery, but it still is horrible to be in pain for the length of an entire year. Our providers have the ability to identify precisely which muscle and fascial structure in the foot is in need of attention – leading to measurable results in far less time. A great many patients have reports a great decrease in pain in just less than 4 treatments.

How Can We Heal Plantar Fasciitis Faster Than Other Treatments?

We find the source of the problem. We aren’t just looking to help you out in the short term by getting rid of the pain without addressing the bigger issue. Often times, Plantar Fasciitis is the result of a biomechanical problem elsewhere in the bottom half of the body. Our providers will not just look at where you are hurting. A problem like Plantar Fasciitis may first start in the calf, or the knee, or the hip, or even in a location as high up as the lower back. Problems at these locations will be identified and taken care of, leading to not just a faster recovery, but a recovery that helps you get stronger than you were prior to the injury.