Inflammation of the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes causing pain in the heel. Commonly overlooked are very tight calf muscles and decreased Ankle ROM. Assessment of the arch and foot are also very important.
Plantar fasciitis develops with excessive traction of the fascia, which leads to tearing and inflammation. Mechanical stress will influence and cause hard and soft issue to distort in direct correlation to the amount of stress imposed on it. Reduced ankle range of motion and a tight Achilles tendon will create even more stress on the plantar fascia tissue.
The condition is a result of excessive stretching of plantar fascia ligament. It may be caused due to:
- Over- use: too much physical activity; running, walking, or standing for a long time particularly if there is a rapid increase in activity over a short period of time.
- Shoes without cushions
- Walking barefoot on hard surfaces
- Occupations like teaching or working in a factory that requires walking or standing for longer periods.
Heel pain is the primary symptom of plantar fasciitis, especially evident in the following conditions:
- Pain and stiffness in the morning that gets worse as the day progresses.
- Pain which would get worse when climbing stairs or standing on toes.
- Pain after standing for long time.
Chiropractic Protocol for Plantar Fasciitis
Regular adjustments to the feet, heels, and ankles lessen pressure on the overly tightened plantar fascia muscle, allowing it to relax and heal itself. Check out our Facebook page for a video demo of this protocol!
Use of Active Release to break up the stressed fibers of the fascia, soft tissue of the foot, and lower leg.
Needling of lower leg musculature and muscles that support the arch are essential in preventing return or chronic issues.
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