Plantar fascia is a long band of thick, fibrous tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. When this tissue becomes inflamed, irritated or damaged, it can cause intense heel pain. This is a health condition known as plantar fasciitis.
The stabbing heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis is frequently experienced when you get out of bed in the morning and take your first steps. As you continue moving throughout the day, your heel pain may decrease for brief periods of time but the pain may once again intensify after long periods of standing or sitting. Plantar Fasciitis frequently affects people over 50 years of age as well as athletes of any age.
At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we’ve been assisting patients with plantar fasciitis for over 20 years.
We help patients escape the heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis using our safe and effective chiropractic care. We do not use any prescription pain medications or require expensive surgery. If you think you may be suffering from the painful health condition of plantar fasciitis, please contact us by calling (513) 561-2273 or schedule an appointment here on our website at any time.
How the Plantar Fascia Function
The plantar fascia tissue supports the arch of your foot and acts like a shock-absorber. When the plantar fascia is healthy and pain-free, it’s what puts the “spring in your step”. When the plantar fascia is injured or inflamed, it can cause significant pain in your heel and across the bottom of your foot – a condition called plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
• Intense heel pain, especially first thing in the morning and/or after long periods of standing or sitting.
• Difficulty walking or standing without pain in your heel or along the bottom of your foot.
While severe cases of plantar fasciitis result in chronic foot pain that lasts all day, the most common flare-ups occur first thing in the morning, making those first steps out of bed extremely difficult, and in the evening after having spent a day on your feet.
Common Causes and People Who Are At Risk
• Excessive walking
• Running or Jogging
• Poor quality or unsupportive footwear
Active adults and athletes are the most common victims of plantar fasciitis. This includes runners, joggers, golfers, tennis players, basketball players, basically any sport that requires repetitive movements combined with impact on the heel and arch of the foot.
Seniors are also at risk due to the ligament and bone issues common at this stage of life.
Another leading cause of plantar fasciitis is being overweight. The daily stress of walking with excess weight straining the plantar fascia can lead to inflammation and heel pain.
Anyone whose job requires long periods of standing or walking is also prone to the development of plantar fasciitis. In fact, plantar fasciitis used to be commonly known as “policeman’s heel” because of the heel pain experienced by many policemen from being on their feet so long on foot patrol “walking the beat”.
If left untreated, the pain associated with plantar fasciitis can lead to problems in other parts of your body such as your knees, legs, hips and back.
What Our Patients Say
Watch this video to learn how we helped this patient with his plantar fasciitis:
How to Get Out of Pain
You don’t have to live with the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Contact us now by calling (513) 561-2273 or schedule an appointment here on our website.