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Plantar Fascitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that occurs when the tissues on the bottom of the foot known as the “plantar fascia” become inflamed or degenerate.  The location of pain can vary anywhere along the fascia, but most of the time we see it on the inside of the foot by the heel, where the plantar fascia originates.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Repetitive stress causing tiny tears in the plantar fasciitis is the culprit.

The stresses on the plantar fascia can come from a variety of sources. Structural problems include flat feet and leg length discrepancy. Functional risk factors include tightness and weakness in the intrinsic foot muscles, Achilles tendon, calf and hamstring muscles, Achilles tendon and intrinsic foot muscles.

On examination, the patient usually has a point of maximal tenderness at the inside of the heel bone near the inner foot arch.  The pain may be worsened by stretching your calf and Achilles tendon. Typically pain is worse at the end of the day after spending time on your feet.

Treatment

Treatment focuses on mechanical and functional issues causing the pain. It may include the use of customized foot orthotics if part of your problem is due to flat feet or foot pronation. Chiropractic adjusting of the ankle joint, soft tissue techniques including Graston and Active Release to the plantar fascia and muscles in the front and back of the leg, and a variety of home stretches and self-help recommendations commonly provide great relief.

Call us at Deutsch Chiropractic in Watertown if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.

Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen understand Plantar Fascitis and have experience working with patients like you in the Watertown area to relieve the pain.