Plantar Fasciitis is characterized by sharp stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot, often experienced with the first step out of bed in the morning. There are a number of causes that contribute to plantar fasciitis. The pain can travel all the way up the arch of the foot on the inner side, and to the ball of the foot as well. As you round second base, you notice a sharp pain at the bottom of your foot near your heel. According to a review of plantar fasciitis in the winter 2014 issue of “The Permanente Journal," stretching the plantar fascia is the most effective long-term treatment for plantar fasciitis.
The muscles in the foot may also be involved, especially if the pain occurs after long periods of standing or from chronic overwork, which causes the muscles to shorten, making them less resilient and liable to tear. Typically, an individual that comes into my office with plantar fasciitis has one of the above causes going on.
There are many causes of Plantar Fasciitis, such as an increase in walking, running or physical activities, flat feet, overpronation or poor arch support. The foot discomfort you"re feeling occurs in a band of tough connective tissue called the plantar fascia. Proper proprioceptive and foot strengthening exercises prescribed by your healthcare provider further strengthens the foot and decreases stress on the plantar fascia. Call our Chiropractor today to get information on how medication, physical therapy, shock wave therapy, and possibly surgery can help you with the pain and discomfort of Plantar Fasciitis.