Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain and is known for causing severe heel pain. Dr. Richard R. Cobb at Cobb Chiropractic in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, has extensive experience using chiropractic techniques to relieve the pain and tightness of plantar fasciitis. Contact him to schedule an appointment, so you can get back to your normal activities without worrying about nagging heel pain.
The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous connective tissue on the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia fills three jobs:
As a shock absorber, it cushions the stress placed on your foot every time you take a step. Excessive pressure on the plantar fascia damages the tissue, causing inflammation and heel pain. When inflammation develops, you have plantar fasciitis.
The cause of plantar fasciitis can’t be identified in many cases. However, the factors that put you at risk for this condition give you a good idea about possible causes:
Plantar fasciitis is known by one primary symptom -- heel pain. The severity of the pain differs for each person, ranging from dull to sharp and severe. You’ll find that the pain is usually worse when you take the first steps after being inactive, such as when you first get up in the morning.
The pain typically improves after walking for a few minutes and tends to be worse when you finish exercise rather than while you’re active. However, two activities usually increase the pain: Climbing stairs and repetitive activities that put extra stress on the foot, such as jumping.
Chiropractic treatment has an advantage for treating plantar fasciitis because imbalances or tightness in the spine and legs affect the tension on your feet. Spinal manipulation, trigger point therapy, and therapeutic massage can be used to correct problems in these areas.
For directly treating the plantar fascia, Dr. Cobb prefers two techniques:
Kinesio Taping® Method: This method uses tape that’s strategically placed to support and stabilize muscles and joints, without interfering with range of motion. Kinesiology tape treats plantar fasciitis by supporting the foot while decreasing the amount of pull on the plantar fascia.
Myofascial techniques: Manual therapies that relieve tight muscles and other soft tissues, such as the plantar fascia, which decreases pressure and stress.