Plantar Fasciitis

With the hot weather and summer upon us most people have turned in their tennis shoes and work boots for flip flops and sandals... only to find pain occurring on the bottom of their feet. Plantar Fasciitis is common when arch support is removed from our feet or for those who stand for long periods of time.

  • The plantar fascia is a triangular piece of tissue that spans the bottom of the foot from the heel to toes.
  • The plantar fascia is closely associated with the Achilles tendon and gastroc and soleus muscles (the calf muscles).
  • Plantar Fasciitis is commonly described as tight, ripping, searing pain on the soles of the feet and is most commonly felt when getting out of bed or standing after sitting or lying down for long periods of time.
  • Plantar Fascia will typically loosen after a few minutes of walking but will tighten again when stationary.

To treat plantar fasciitis a strict regiment of stretching and icing is recommended. In addition, chiropractors can assist the healing and recovery of plantar fasciitis by adjusting the calcaleus (heel bone), performing soft tissue and stretching techniques and using therapeutic ultrasound. Finding a shoe that is properly designed for your foot shape and arch type is critical. For help with a foot evaluation and shoe selection please see specialists at The Foot Store in Mt. Pleasant!

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