Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of chronic inferior heel pain (see photo). There are many risk factors that may attribute to its development. It is believed to be caused by acute or chronic injury to the origin of the plantar fascia from cumulative overload stress.
The pain can last from months to even years and is typically present upon weight bearing. It is a throbbing, searing, or piercing pain especially with the first few steps in the morning or periods after inactivity.
How do we diagnose plantar fasciitis?
Generally it is diagnosed based on a thorough history and physical examination, in the majority of cases no additional testing is required.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Our Chiropractors are trained in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions including plantar fasciitis. Although it is thought to be a self-limiting condition there are ways to try relieve pain and also reduce the longevity of the condition.
We offer a patient-centered approach, we identify what the cause of the problem is and use the following treatment methods to help treat it.
Joint manipulation (ankle and foot)
Soft tissue therapy
Instrument assisted soft tissue therapy
Kinesiology taping – Rocktape.
Individualized management plan including plantar fasciitis exercises (stretching, strengthening and advice).