The most common cause of heel and foot pain involves tearing the plantar fascia ligament that extends along the bottom your foot. Comprised of tough bands of fibrous tissue, the plantar fascia supports various foot and toe movements while absorbing weight and pressure. However, when overloaded by consistently rigorous exercise or physical activity, the plantar fascia becomes stressed and tears. In some cases, obesity may contribute to plantar fasciitis by placing repetitive stress on this ligament. Wearing ill-fitting shoes may irritate the plantar fascia as well. Your chiropractor in Nashua also treats plantar fasciitis that develops from tendon inflammation due to arthritis or diabetes, two factors contributing to heel pain in older people.
What are Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Aching, stabbing and/or burning pain in the heel are classic symptoms of plantar fasciitis. You may especially notice heel pain in the morning after the plantar fascia tightens during sleep. Although ligament constriction diminishes pain at night, heel pain returns as soon as you put weight on your feet. Pain often worsens during physical activity, when you stand for long periods or when you arise after sitting or lying down. Failing to seek treatment for plantar fasciitis from your Nashua chiropractor could lead to pain in your back, hip and knees as you try to walk differently to avoid pain.
Do High Arches or Flat Feet Cause Plantar Fasciitis?
They can, especially if you do not wear shoes that fit properly, go barefoot frequently or do not wear orthotics to compensate for high arches. When overall foot support is not evenly distributed, this will put more stress on the plantar fascia. Orthotic footwear helps prevent plantar fasciitis and other painful foot problems from affecting people with flat feet or high arches.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat Plantar Fasciitis?
Your Nashua chiropractor will apply chiropractic adjustments to your ankle and foot bones, massage and stretching therapy and recommend customized orthotics to help heal an injured plantar fascia. Changes to your lifestyle/dietary choices may be suggested to further ease excessive stress off compromised foot ligaments.
Schedule an Appointment with our Nashua Chiropractor
Schedule an appointment today at Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic for treatment of heel and foot pain: (603) 882-5742.