One of the most common foot conditions is heel pain. Heel pain generally creates a severe pain in one of the heels, though it starts off slowly and worsens over time. Oftentimes only one heel is an issue, though there are people who experience pain in both. The pain is more severe during the first activities of the day and subsides through activity. Standing still or walking for a long period of time can easily cause the pain to return.
Causes of Heel Pain
The majority of heel pain cases are caused by plantar fasciitis, which happens when tissue band in the foot (plantar fascia) is damaged and thickens as a result. The plantar fascia is a strong, flexible tissue band that is found under the foot’s sole. It links the bones of the foot and the heel bone, acting as a natural shock absorber.
Damage to the plantar fascia can happen all of sudden, or over a longer period of time, and causes micro tears to form inside the plantar fascia tissue. This causes the tissue to thicken, which results in heel pain. It is possible for the heel bone and surrounding tissue to inflame as well.
One of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis is flawed foot structure. People who have high-arched feet, flat feet or tight Achilles tendons are more susceptible to plantar fasciitis. Another cause is wearing footwear that does not properly support the feet, causing strain on the plantar fasciitis. This is why many people who are on their feet all the time and wear non-supportive footwear end up developing plantar fasciitis.
Obesity and activities that can repetitive strain, such as cycling, can also lead to plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Bottom of the heel pain
- Foot pain in the morning
- Arch of the foot pain
- Foot/heel pain that worsens over time
Many people with plantar fasciitis find the pain to be most severe when they wake up or when they get up from sitting down for an extended period of time. The pain subsides after walking around for several minutes, since walking helps to stretch the fascia. However, too much time walking around can cause the pain to return.
If plantar fasciitis is not treatment correctly, the body can respond by placing calcium in the foot’s tendon, which can cause a variety of problems such as heel spurs.
Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis
It is hard to treat plantar fasciitis with medical treatments, as many cases are only fixed momentarily due to pain relief. However, chiropractic care has been found to benefit the condition immensely. Chiropractic techniques are able to readjust foot misalignments, which are the primary cause of plantar fasciitis. It is possible for patients to feel pain relief from a single session, though multiple sessions are often required to completely treat the issue.
Treating plantar fasciitis immediately is important to your health and wellbeing. Delaying treatment only makes it more challenging and time consuming to reach a fully recovery.