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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)

WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

 
Do your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in your heel? Or does your heel hurt after jogging or playing tennis? This heel pain is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia — the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. The condition is called plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tar fash-i-tis).
Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing or burning pain that’s usually worse in the morning because the fascia tightens overnight. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases. However, sometimes a sharp bone formation can grow where the ligament attaches to the heal. This bony point can pierce the plantar fascia and surrounding nerves causing continuous pain with walking or standing.
 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

 
Plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually, but it can come on suddenly and be severe. And although it can affect both feet, it more often occurs in only one foot at a time. Watch for:
Sharp pain in the inside part of the bottom of your heel, which may feel like a knife sticking in the bottom of your foot 
Heel pain that tends to be worse with the first few steps after awakening, when climbing stairs or when standing on tiptoe
Heel pain after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position
Heel pain after, but not usually during, exercise

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS

 
Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed. The causes of plantar fasciitis can be:
· Physical activity overload. Jogging, walking or stair climbing can place too much stress on the soft tissue attached to the heal bone. Even household exertion, such as moving furniture or appliances, can trigger the pain.
· Arthritis. Some types of arthritis can cause plantar fasciitis.
· Diabetes. Plantar fasciitis occurs more often in people with diabetes.
· Faulty foot mechanics. Being flat-footed, having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking can put stress on the plantar fascia. 
· Improper shoes. Shoes that are thin-soled, loose, or lack arch support or the ability to absorb shock may cause Plantar Fasciitis.

HOW WE MAY HELP

 
 At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to Plantar Fasciitis. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of your condition 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis is called Transverse Friction Massage. This treatment is used with special instruments to help heal and strengthen the plantar fascia. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravating your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.