Another blog post from Ann Arbor chiropractor Mike Tannenbaum, D.C.: Plantar Fasciitis and its Treatment.
Heel pain is likely more prevalent then you think. Approximately 10% of people living in the U.S. experience heel pain during their life. Over one million healthcare provider visits per year are for a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is a common form of heel pain. I regularly see and treat people for plantar fasciitis at my Ann Arbor chiropractic office. If you are experiencing heel pain, you might have plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis, or “PF,” refers to swelling (inflammation) of a relatively thick band of tissue (the “fascia”) that runs under the foot. “Plantar” is the name for the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia connect the heel bone to the toes.
PF is caused by spending a lot of time on your feet walking or running, or by standing for long periods. In addition, it can be caused by some sort of foot trauma, for example jumping awkwardly, or wearing improper footwear (such as high-heeled shoes). Also, those who develop PF are more likely to be pregnant, have overly flat or overly arched feet, or have an incorrect walking stride or poor foot positioning.
Chiropractic treatment has been shown to help people heal from plantar fasciitis. The chiropractic adjustments by themselves have been shown to be effective in the mitigation of PF; however, the chiropractor may also recommend stretches, shoe inserts, cold therapy, etc., as part of the treatment protocol.
If you have any questions about this blog post, chiropractic, neck pain, back pain, or headaches I can be reached at my Ann Arbor chiropractic office at [email protected].