Do you happen to feel a sweltering pain on your feet when you get out of the bed in the morning? But, when you keep on walking, the pain gradually disappears. If you do experience this kind of situation, it is possibly that you suffer from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is also acknowledged as plantar aponeurosis. What is plantar fasciitis? How to cure it?
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a health condition where the connective ligament band holding the foot arch is thickened. It can also be simply said that there is an inflammation happened around the fascia. The feel of pain happens around the heel. Most people are familiar with its common name, that is, jogger’s heel. Plantar fascia is the ligament which aims is to connect the heel bone and the toes. It also has the function to give supports to the foot arch.
When this plantar fascia is injured, the tissue will automatically become weak, inflamed and swollen. Due to this condition, the bottom or heel of the foot can easily feel the pain when being used to walk or stand. When you stand or walk, you put some pressure down to your heel and it can make even a slight ache for the plantar fascia when performs some daily activities. Some pain can also occur when you wake your body up after the sitting position for awhile.
Plantar fascia is a universal pain suffered by most people every day. However, when this pain is not quickly treated, it can become a chronic pain. The pain felt by most people is usually stabbing and sharp. The symptom can generally be found on middle-aged group. But, it is not impossible that other age groups can suffer this kind of pain.
The pain which causes by plantar fascia can vary from mild pain to severe pain. The pain is commonly in the center of the heel. It can be near the front heel or it can even be extended to all foot’s heel. The healing time for plantar fascia is not short. It needs time.
How does Plantar Fasciitis Happen?
As mentioned previously, plantar fasciitis happens when the plantar fascia is injured and is being swollen and so on. The injury can be from injury trauma or from excessive use. When you exercise, like sprinting, jumping, or running, you can hurt your plantar fascia. Besides doing the exercise, you can also hurt your plantar fascia from direct pain. The direct pain is when you have direct contact with sharp objects which can make the tissue and its surroundings broken.
The plantar fasciitis also happens to people with weak foot positioning, excessively pronated, even footed, and weak foot muscle controlling. People performing too much toe activity like running, sprinting, etc are also prone to grow swelling in their plantar fascia.
How to Self Identify Plantar Fasciitis?
You can do self identification to check if you have plantar fasciitis or not. The analysis is made from your physical activities and your health records. Or, you can check the symptoms with an experienced chiropractor. Usually, the chiropractor will examine your feet, how you walk and also stand. The questions which are probably asked by the chiropractor:
- All of your health history especially about your injuries or illnesses
- All of symptoms occurred in plantar fasciitis like the location of the pain, when you feel the pain and how often you get the pain
- The activity you do every day and what kind of activity you do
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
- Pain is felt from under the foot
- Pain occurs near the heel
- The worst pain occurs when waking up from bed or from sitting for long time
- Pain also happens during walking, running, exercise
- Pain can sometimes disappear when doing warm up
- Severe plantar fasciitis happens most of the time
The Risk Factors of Plantar Fasciitis
- Age. Generally, plantar fasciitis attacks people who are of age 40 to 60 years old
- Exercise types. The exercises or activities which require excessive use of the plantar fascia tissue or the heel can make the earlier symptom of plantar fasciitis occur. The activities are probably ballet, running or aerobics.
- Defective foot system. Improper foot system may also cause plantar fasciitis such as high arch, abnormal walking pattern, flat footed.
- Excessive weight. For people who suffer overweight, they generally put more pressure on their plantar fascia.
- Standing occupations. The jobs which require the person to stand for long period of time can also trigger the symptom of plantar fascia such as teachers, factory workers, receptionists, and so on.
The plantar fascia starts from the heel until the toe bottom. If the plantar fascia is hurt, bone spur and pain can occur. The foot muscle can also be infected. It happens under certain conditions; when you have been standing for long period of time or you probably have excessive work. These two conditions may make the foot muscles become shorter, less flexible and prone to damage.
When you are diagnosed with some plantar fasciitis symptoms, it is highly recommended that you treat your pain sooner and quicker. If you ignore even the slightest symptom of plantar fasciitis, the pain can be chronic and it may make your plantar fascia damaged. The common symptoms and signs of the rupture or damage of plantar fascia are snapping or clicking sound, severe pain in the foot sole, and major local inflammation.
Some tips can be done to prevent plantar fasciitis that you can do in the house.
- Frequently rest your foot at home. You can do it as much as you can.
- When your plantar fascia is swollen, you can apply some ice on it. The ice can help reducing the pain. You can also take anti-inflammation medicine.
- You can wear shoes like Birkenstocks to minimize the pain as these kinds of shoes are designed with great support for foot arch.
- For the sake of the future, you may need to consult your problem to chiropractor.
How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fasciitis happens when the injuries on the plantar fascia has been accumulated for certain period of time. By implementing proper treatment, the pain from plantar fasciitis can be reduced after several weeks. However, the period of time needed for complete healing may take more than months to years.
You can minimize the symptoms of plantar fasciitis by starting to give your foot proper rest. You can reduce or minimize the activities that can make your foot injured. You can also avoid walking or running on the solid surface. Before doing your daily activities, you can do stretching or strengthening move to warm up your foot. You can also use some devices which can reduce the symptoms and also the supporting tools which can help your foot heal faster.
How is Chiropractic being Helpful?
Have you been told that few sessions with chiropractic treatment can heal your plantar fasciitis? Although chiropractic can do amazing work, you need to keep in mind about one thing that chiropractic can’t treat the damaged ligament or tissue inside your foot.
The chiropractic can only apply some treatments which can help you reduce or overcome your plantar fasciitis symptoms to worsen. Just imagine that your plantar fasciitis is like the flat tire. You can always handle the causes of your tire being flat such as if you think that the cause of the flat tire is due to some thorns on the street, you can firstly remove all the thorns before passing the street. But, you can’t deal with the flat tire by yourself. You have to get it patched up to seal the thorn pierce.
Experienced chiropractor is a specialist who is able to treat your muscle problems. The chiropractor may conduct several treatments to your plantar fasciitis such as several therapies, orthotics or beneficial exercises. The therapies may include stretching, manipulation, and soft tissue work or ultrasound treatments. The chiropractor may also recommend some orthotics or exercises which you can do by yourself at home. These kinds of therapies are to help you stretch your tense tendons and muscles.
When your chiropractor is adjusting the muscle system by gently treating the hands, the pressure on certain areas of your body will be reduced drastically. For the plantar fasciitis treatment, the pressure will be eliminated from the foot bottom. The therapy conducted by the chiropractor may be able to help the body restore its damaged area by itself. When the pressure, the continuing hurt, and the swelling are minimized, the body is able to work normally.
The healing process may take several therapy sessions. The therapy makes the chiropractor able to amend the feet and gently cure the plantar fasciitis. The result is the ligaments or tendons are able to be calmed to certain degrees that the healing process can happen. The correct treatment conducted by the chiropractor may make the plantar fasciitis from reoccurring in the near future.
One typical cause of plantar fasciitis is due to overpronation. To treat this overpronation, the chiropractic may do several adjustments which can make sure that your bones are allied appropriately to allow for some motion ranges and help releasing some pressures on your overworked foot muscles. Your chiropractor may also purchase some orthotics for assisting the equal pressure on your feet.
Your personal chiropractic may ask you to do several exercises to draw out the tendons of your plantar fascia. You may be asked to reinforce your lower leg muscles to stabilize the heel and ankle. Your chiropractor may also recommend using some athletic tape to give proper support to your foot bottom. You can also wear splint during the night. This splint will help stretching your foot calf and arch during your sleeping period. The splint will hold the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia in a prolonged pose during the night and help with the stretching.
It is better to know and understand that the healing process of the plantar fasciitis takes long time ranging from weeks, months and years depending on the severe foot pain you have. But, by conducting constant therapies with the chiropractor and wearing suitable shoes every day, you can minimize or reduce the feet symptom to become severe.
Beneficial Chiropractic Treatments
The treatments conducted by the chiropractic can also bring benefits to several areas:
- Adjusting body posture
By doing the chiropractic treatment, you can heal your poor body posture. The quantity of force created by your feet or how you walk can contribute to worsen condition for the plantar fasciitis. An expert chiropractic should be able to fix your body posture. By having better body posture, you can make your feet improve their quality in walking or moving.
- Balanced body weights
When your plantar fasciitis happens only on one side of your feet or if the pain suffered by one foot is worse than the other, it can indicate that you have an imbalanced weight supported by the feet. You can receive some treatments from your chiropractic by balancing and realigning your body to make your body weight is equally being supported by your feet.
The weight of the body will not weigh on one foot more than other foot. When your body is in proper balance, the broken foot can heal faster and it can also help minimizing the possibility of the symptom to reoccur.
- Physical activity height
Other treatments given by the chiropractic are to relieving all the pains and aches around your shoulders, neck and back. The relief of pains on several areas of your body can give the encouragement to do simple exercise for your healing therapy and for fast healing.
If you have suffered from plantar fasciitis and have been sick and tired to try all possible treatments with no promising results, you can always go to an experienced chiropractor and get your plantar fasciitis healed. So, what are you waiting for? Go!