Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, affecting approximately 10% of the population. This condition is common in young runners and middle-aged women. However, the majority of cases are in patients over the age of 40.
About Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a dense, fibrous band that serves essential functions in foot stability and protecting the delicate nerves and vessels on the underside of the foot. Originating from the medial calcaneal tubercle, located at the bottom of the heel just before the arch, it extends and attaches to all five toes.
During the gait cycle, the plantar fascia plays a crucial role in foot stabilization. It provides necessary flexibility during heel strike to accommodate uneven surfaces. As weight shifts to the forefoot and the heel lifts, the plantar fascia shortens, acting as a rigid lever to propel forward movement.
Plantar fasciitis, a common condition, occurs when repetitive strain exceeds the tissue’s threshold. The primary cause of plantar fasciitis is fallen arches, often referred to as “flat feet.” Individuals with plantar fasciitis commonly experience tightness in their calf muscles, placing additional strain on the fascia.
Research has established a strong connection between calf muscle tightness and the severity of plantar fasciitis symptoms. When the calf muscles are excessively tight, they limit ankle dorsiflexion (moving the toes towards the shin). Consequently, the plantar fascia compensates for the restricted motion, leading to excessive stretching and strain on the band.
At Crux Sport & Spine, our St. George chiropractors focus on improving foot, ankle, and hip function to enhance range of motion and strengthen vulnerable areas. Through targeted exercises and mobilization of the ankle joint, we work towards restoring stability, enabling you to step on your foot with reduced pain and discomfort.
Signs & Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
The most common sign of plantar fasciitis is sharp pain with the first couple steps in the morning or following prolonged inactivity. Walking upstairs or sprinting uphill tends to exacerbate symptoms by putting more strain on the fascia.
Your Visit With us
At Crux Sport & Spine, your journey to pain relief and improved well-being begins with our comprehensive approach. We prioritize your health by conducting a thorough movement-based assessment during each visit, enabling us to identify any crucial factors contributing to your pain. Combining targeted muscle release techniques with chiropractic adjustments, we work to release tension in your muscles, facilitating improved movement and an overall sense of well-being.
But our care doesn’t end there. After your adjustment, we take you to our dedicated rehab area, where we empower you with the tools to extend the benefits of your session beyond our clinic. Through personalized stretches and exercises tailored to your specific needs and goals, we equip you with the knowledge and techniques to continue your progress at home.
Experience the exceptional chiropractic care and expertise at Crux Sport & Spine. Take the first step towards a pain-free and healthier life by visiting us today!