If you suffer from plantar fasciitis then you know how debilitating the condition can be. Plantar fasciitis is and inflammation and tightening of the fascia that is on the bottom of the foot. Irritation to the fascia could be from overuse, improper shoes, fallen arches, tight muscles, and even spinal and pelvic misalignments. That’s right, things going on in your back can lead to issues in your feet and visa versa. In this article we’ll discuss how going to a chiropractor for plantar fasciitis can be beneficial, as well as discuss the process to determine the cause of plantar fasciitis.
The first step in getting your plantar fasciitis fixed is to determine why the fascia is tight and painful in the first place. A thorough examination should be performed not only on your feet, but also on the whole kinetic chain from your feet up. So this would also include your knees, hips and lower spine.
This is where the chiropractic approach is different from that of medical doctors who typically only examine the foot itself, which could lead to long term plantar fasciitis issues if the cause is coming from somewhere else. Also, during your exam a good chiropractor should watch how you walk and run (if you are a runner) to observe your biomechanics.
After the Issue is Determined
Once the specific issues are determined, a course of care can be prescribed to get you feeling better. This usually will consist of adjustments to the spine to ensure you are properly balanced and your nervous system is working at a 100%. Also, muscle release and massage to the plantar fascia itself and the surrounding tissues, along with muscle releases to any other area that may be contributing. Occasionally, custom made orthotics may be prescribed if there are changes to the feet that need correcting.
If flat feet are contributing to your pain, it is imperative to correct that and get you into orthotics that are designed specifically for your feet. This is very different than the orthotics one would purchase at the local pharmacy or drugstore.
Your Next Step
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis make sure your chiropractor is the first person you visit on your path to recovery! Please leave comments below if you have any questions!