If you have pain on the bottom of your foot that hurts when you walk or run and feels better when you rest, then you may have plantar fasciitis. And if your foot feels stiff and painful again after resting or sleeping; that also sounds like classic plantar fasciitis.
But what does ‘plantar fasciitis’ mean?
The word plantar is the anatomic name for the bottom of your foot. (The topside of your foot is called the dorsum).
The word fascia refers to bundles of strong elastic band-like fibers that give your sole both support and elasticity.
When you have a ‘fasciitis’ you have an over stretch and partial breakdown of some of these ‘elastic bands’ that support and give elasticity to your foot.
So how do you get a breakdown or overuse of these supportive ‘elastic bands’ on the bottom of your foot?
Perhaps the most common way to have a break down or over strain is to have a flat foot or a foot that pronates too much. The flat or over pronated foot stretches the fascia too much. And it breaks down and hurts the elastic bands of the fascia.
This also happens if you have a normal foot if you are too heavy or if you run, walk or play sports too much. Which causes over-use.
Medical Treatment of Plantar fasciitis
A Medical Doctor may offer cortisone (steroid) injections for plantar fasciitis or prescribe exercises to stretch the bottom of your foot. Or you may have been given a boot to stretch your foot while you sleep at night.
These approaches are all doomed to failure. The problem is not caused by a shortage of cortizone in your foot. An overstretch that results in too much wear of the sole of the foot causes plantar fasciitis. You might feel less pain from the Cortizone. But cortizone actually slows down real healing and does not treat the underlying condition.
Stretches for the bottom of the foot will not work because the over stretch and over use caused the injury.
How do chiropractors provide a better treatment for your plantar fasciitis?
First we have our lab fashion a custom made arch support made from an impression of your foot. This helps prevent further long term overstretch.
We do give you exercises but not to stretch the bottom of your foot. Our exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of your shin to counter balance the overly tight calf muscles that contribute to the bottom of your foot overstretch.
We do specific hands on work called fascial manipulation to break up the knots and scar tissue that is holding back your healing.
And we use manipulative care on your lower extremity to restore normal motion wherever you have a stuck joint leading to the stress of abnormal motion.
Plantar fasciitis is not easy to get over once it hits you. But by treating it wisely and correctly without drugs or surgery you have your best chance to get better as quickly as possible. This way you get back to your pain free walking and back to your usual activities as soon as possible.