Plantar fasciitis is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition affecting the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain typically starts out in the heel and may make the sufferer feel as if they’re constantly walking on an internal rock. This pain may then spread across the length of the bottom of the foot, stopping at or near the ball, to add extra agony. It’s typically worse when trying to stand up after a prolonged period off of one’s feet, making the sufferer dread those first steps.
Needless to say, those who have this pain want it to go away. Here are some of the ways to make that happen, ranging from the most conservative to the least:
Surprisingly, some very painful cases of plantar fasciitis can be eliminated with stretching – at least if the sufferer is patient enough to wait for results. It can take several weeks of stretching to gain full relief.
The main stretch is simple. All you need to do is lean on a counter, put the painful leg and foot back, and gently lean in toward the cabinets so that this leg becomes straight. Gently press the painful heel toward the floor, but don’t try to make that foot flat. You should feel the stretch in your Achilles’ tendon and your heel.
For most people, this is the last resort, but it is needed on rare occasions. Most commonly, it is called for when heel spurs – extra pieces of bone – have grown off of the end of your heel bone. Surgery to remove them will give your foot the smooth internal surface needed to prevent pain and eliminate this sort of structural aggravation.
See Our Chiropractor
If stretching doesn’t bring results fast enough, or it proves to be insufficient, it’s time to see someone who can provide expert help. A good choice is a chiropractor in Kennesaw like Dr. Gruber. Chiropractors will approach the problem of plantar fasciitis in a variety of ways. One of the mainstays is to look for nerve problems that can either directly cause pain to your heel or alter your gait so as to irritate it. If any are found, then spinal or other such manipulation can be used to relieve the problem.
If the underlying issue ends up being a gait problem, you may also be prescribed orthotics to correct it. Recommendations for better footwear may be given as well. Either way, the goal of a chiropractor is to find and fix whatever is at the root of the problem.