The pain of plantar fasciitis (PF) is never fun and can inhibit the activities you love to do. It occurs when the plantar fascia tendon on the bottom of the foot becomes too tight causing friction on the calcaneus (heel bone) and heel pain. It is most commonly seen with runners but can plague non athletes as well. The causes of PF range from tight calf muscles, flat feet or high arches, obesity or a sudden weight gain, changes in running surface, weight bearing occupations, and poor shoes.
Conservative treatment for PF typically includes NSAIDS (nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs), orthotics, heel cups, night splints, ice and physical therapy that includes friction massage and a variety of modalities such as ultrasound.
Chiropractic care can be helpful for the treatment PF. With injuries and ankle sprains the bones in the feet can become misaligned and place stress on the plantar fascia tendon. A chiropractor can provide a proper analysis and specific adjustment to the bones of the feet, relieving the tension and restoring proper biomechanics of the foot.