Plantar fasciitis – or simply heel pain – mostly affects individuals whose occupations require standing for prolonged periods (i.e., teachers and policemen) or whose activities involve stress to the heels (i.e., runners and ballet dancers). If you are at risk for plantar fasciitis, your symptoms will gradually develop until such time that even a simple step can be living torture. Fortunately, you can be free of pain via appropriate chiropractic treatments!
What is plantar fasciitis? It is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of fibrous tissues running along the bottom of your foot and connecting your heel bone to your toes. When it is inflamed, you will have extreme difficulty in standing and walking so much so that your only relief from the pain is to stay off your affected foot – or feet, for that matter – for several days. Your life will be adversely affected, to say the least, considering that standing, walking and running are essential to everyday life.
Your main symptom is stabbing pain on the heel of your affected foot. Keep in mind that plantar fasciitis usually affects just one foot but it can happen to both feet simultaneously. You will observe that your heel pain is either triggered by or worsens with the first few steps after waking up, after standing for prolonged periods, or getting up from sitting.
You may feel the pain lessening in intensity after a while but it can recur several times during the day. Again, your viable option appears to be letting your affected foot rest from any form of stress for several days. At present, doctors recommend a wide range of treatments including medications (i.e., NSAIDs and corticosteroids), physical therapy and even surgery.
And then there is the promising area of chiropractic treatments for heel pain. In a case report by Daniels, C.J. et al entitled “Chiropractic Management of Pediatric Plantar Fasciitis” a 10-year old football player diagnosed with plantar fasciitis was recruited to assist researchers in determining the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments. The young athlete has been experiencing heel pain for three weeks.
He was treated to several methods of chiropractic care including soft tissues therapy, manipulative therapy, and home rehabilitation exercises in six visits over a six-week period. After the treatment plan, his condition has been cured – no reported heel pain – and he has resumed his daily activities. When the researchers checked in on his condition three months later, he reported no symptoms and no complications from the chiropractic treatments.