A: Plantar fascitis is simply inflammation of the thick band of tissue that spans from the heel to the toes and supports the arch. It functions to absorb the shock of impact, but with repetitive or excessive stress the tissue can get microtears that trigger the body’s inflammatory response to injury. Tight calf muscles, high arches, bad shoes and stress can damage the fascia. Pain is worse first thing in the morning and after prolonged periods of sitting, especially following intense or extended exercise or weightbearing. While at rest, the damaged fibers attempt to heal by drawing together, but when that tissue is suddenly stretched again with weightbearing it stresses the inflamed fascia and causes pain.
• Avoid loose, thin-soled shoes and high heels.
• Change athletic shoes every 500 miles; gradually introduce new shoes to routine
• Ice and massage the muscles and fascia in the arch of the foot. Avoid massage on the heel.
• Stretch calf muscles and arches on a stair or against the wall.
• Use over-the-counter shoe inserts to help absorb daily shock.
• Maintain healthy weight
Plantar fascitis is not only painful, but also can alter your gait and trigger foot, hip, knee and back problems. Chiropractors are trained to address all of the joints and soft tissues that may be causing the problem or those affected by it. Don’t let pain in your feet stop you from living life to your fullest potential. Schedule a chiropractic evaluation today.
Information provided by Jodi K. Kuhse D.C., D.I.C.C.P., Luellen Chiropractic, 608 Greene St., Suite C, 993-1117.