The plantar fascia damage that causes plantar fasciitis can happen for several different reasons. When a person puts stress on the plantar fascia regularly, they are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. For this reason, runners and joggers may be prone to this condition. Plantar fasciitis may also develop in people who stand for long periods of time, as this puts continual stress on the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis can impact people who are overweight or obese, as the excess weight puts continued pressure on the plantar fascia.
Heel pain, especially after a period of rest or sleep, is the most obvious sign of plantar fasciitis for most people. In the majority of cases, people with plantar fasciitis experience pain in just one heel. Some people with plantar fasciitis find themselves limping, shortening their stride to cope with the pain. Plantar fasciitis may also cause numbness or a "pins and needles" sensation in the heel. Sometimes the heel or the whole foot will look very red and irritated.
Chiropractic adjustment of the joints connected to the feet can quickly and effectively reduce the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In some cases, Dr. Verri will be able to identify correctable irregularities in the patient's gait or posture that are contributing to or leading to the plantar fasciitis. Massage therapy, particularly deep tissue massage, can lower the risk of plantar fasciitis recurrence. In the worst cases of plantar fasciitis, pain management injections may be used to provide immediate numbness in the heel area. Dr. Verri may also recommend the use of orthotic equipment that can help patients walk and stand properly.
Walking barefoot should be avoided as much as possible. Good footwear, which includes an arch and a sturdy sole, should be worn as often as possible. If high heels or other uncomfortable footwear are worn, walking and standing for long periods should be kept to a minimum. Staying at a healthy weight can also help people avoid plantar fasciitis. Always stretch well before any exercise, and don't exercise on a painful foot. When sitting for long periods, point toes upwards to flex the plantar fascia.
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