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Plantar Fasciitis Care at Back & Body Wellness Centre

heel pain while walkingA common orthopedic condition, plantar fasciitis is characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick ligament connecting the heel to the front of the foot. This ligament functions as a shock absorber and supports the arch of the foot, making walking possible.

Symptoms and Causes

Plantar fasciitis often manifests as pain at the bottom of the heel. Common symptoms include heel pain, especially noticeable in the morning or after long periods of inactivity, pain in the arch of the foot, stiffness and swelling around the heel, and a tight Achilles tendon.

The discomfort usually develops gradually and can worsen over time due to various factors. These factors include overstretching or overuse of the ligaments, engaging in activities like running, walking on hard surfaces, or participating in sports.

Wearing unsupportive shoes or walking barefoot on hard surfaces can also contribute to the pain. Additionally, structural foot issues, such as high arches or flat feet, obesity, and tight calf muscles, are significant contributors to the gradual worsening of the pain.

Risk Factors and Diagnosis

Certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Age (often occurs between 40 and 70 years)
  • Engaging in long-distance running or standing for long periods due to an active job
  • Structural foot problems
  • Wearing old or unsupportive shoes
  • Pregnancy and obesity
Diagnosis often involves evaluating the pain pattern. If the pain is more severe in the morning or after sitting for long periods, it may indicate plantar fasciitis. Activities like climbing stairs or prolonged standing can also trigger discomfort.

How We May Help

Addressing plantar fasciitis typically involves a combination of at-home care and professional interventions:

  • Chiropractic Care: Adjustments and using tools like Graston instruments to massage the foot can significantly aid in recovery.
  • Custom Orthotics: A foot scan can help determine if custom-made orthotics are needed to provide proper support and alleviate pressure on the plantar fascia.
  • Shockwave Therapy: This therapy helps reduce pain and inflammation, promoting healing by stretching the muscles.
  • Taping and Night Splints: These methods support the foot and promote stretching during sleep.
  • Supportive Shoes and Weight Management: Wearing appropriate shoes and managing weight are crucial to reducing strain on the plantar fascia.

Step on the Path Toward Relief Today

If you’re struggling with heel pain and suspect plantar fasciitis, contact Back & Body Wellness Centre today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward pain-free living!


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