Pain in the bottom of your foot?


Plantar Fasciitis

Definition:

  • Inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel to the base of the foot.

How:

  • When under stress, the fascia will stretch and tear causing inflammation of the fascia and surrounding tissues

  • When the tears heal, scar tissue covers the healing scars and leads to less flexibility, which aggravates the plantar fascia even more.

  • Unilateral plantar fasciitis can be due to a leg length inequality

  • The best and most reliable determinant of leg length inequality is a specific X-ray called and orthoroentgenogram.

Symptoms:

  • Pain at the heel – feels like a “bone bruise”

  • Pain in the morning that gets better with movement

Causes:

  • Tight Achilles tendons

  • High or flat arches

  • Worn out shoes

Treatment:

  • Ice massage – 3-5 minutes with an ice cup or a frozen water bottle

  • Orthotics

  • Custom made orthotics through Biomechanical Services can be made for you at Gallagher Chiropractic and Sports Medicine.

  • If it is deemed that you do have a leg length inequality, heel lifts are built into your orthotic.

Exercise:

  • Switching to non-weight bearing exercise can help heal – swimming or pool running

  • Stretch calf muscles

  • Roll plantar fascia on golf balls


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