Painful feet is something not just athletes endure, but even office workers who spend many hours on their backsides. It is a niggling injury that is very hard to ignore and occasionally even harder to return to a pain-free state.
Lately, there have been several studies that have shown the incidence of plantar fasciitis is on the rise distressing over 10% of the population. Around 83% of those affected are working adults between the ages of 25 and 65. Over 20% are runners or are active in a sport that requires running and 65 -70% are overweight. Plantar fasciitis accounts for 11 to 15% of all foot symptoms.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults. It is inflammation of the thick band of connective tissue at the medial tubercle of the calcaneus. It connects the heel bone to the base of the toes and forms the longitudinal arch of the foot. Other muscles that contribute to the problem are irritation to the quadratus plantae and the flexor digitorum brevis muscles. Pain on the first few steps in the morning or when rising from prolonged sitting is characteristic.
What is the cause?
There are a number of precipitating factors that can lead to inflammation of the plantar fascia. These include an over-pronating foot, flat feet, standing for long periods in poor shoes, and tight achilles tendons.
It is interesting to note that approximately 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs. Some professionals consider that a spur is the body’s attempt to strengthen its foundation. Being overweight, having abnormal foot biomechanics, or running regularly on hard surfaces can cause excessive stress on the foot, which may lead to the production of a spur.
How Can A Chiropractor Help With Plantar Fasciitis?
Chiropractic care can help plantar fasciitis by treating the cause. The treatment that the Chiropractors at Absolute Health Solutions utilize can include a gentle, low-force adjusting technique to correct the misalignments in the foot, knee, hip and spine, a certain myofascial release along the plantar fascia and other muscles in the foot and leg, different forms of taping might be made use of to help provide relief of stress on the muscles and ligaments and promote healing in the soft tissues. Based on the specifics of your condition, we may suggest additional treatment including stretching of the calf muscles, heel supports, cryotherapy, anti-inflammatory medication, modifying activities or losing weight.
It’s very important to be active in the treatment of your foot problem. Those individuals who postpone seeking treatment are more likely to extend the road to recovery. If you, a friend or family member in the Seaforth, Balgowlah or Manly area are suffering from plantar fasciitis, we appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing us as your healthcare provider and look forward to serving you and your family.
Please call your Chiropractor at AHS on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.