Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that can cause chronic, severe foot pain. In this video, Breanne Kelley, DC, discusses the causes, symptoms, and available treatment options for plantar fasciitis. She also explains how Airrosti treats plantar fasciitis and how we help you stay active during treatment.

WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This strong, tight ligament supports the arch of the foot during movement. It also contributes to the body’s gait and distribution of weight.

Because the plantar fascia is used for everyday movements, it is vulnerable to overuse. Wear and tear and improper foot care can lead to a painful overuse injury called plantar fasciitis. This condition is often described as a stabbing or burning sensation in the heel or bottom of your foot.

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WHAT CAUSES PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

This condition is often caused by reduced joint stability stemming from the ankle or hip. When these joints are weak, it puts unnecessary stress on the feet, leading to inflammation and foot pain.

Below are a few common risk factors associated with plantar fasciitis:

  • Having high arches
  • Wearing shoes without proper arch support
  • Increasing exercise intensity or volume.
  • Running, dancing, or other activities that place stress on the feet and heels
  • Working active jobs that require hours of walking or standing on hard surfaces

 

People who are overweight, pregnant, or over the age of 40 are also at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Even though these demographics may indicate an increased risk, this injury can still impact people of every age and lifestyle.

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Pain from plantar fasciitis is often felt along the foot’s arch and the bottom of the heel. Chronic heel pain is one of the most common symptoms. It usually manifests into a stabbing or burning sensation that begins with your very first steps in the morning. The pain normally decreases throughout the day as you move. 

Activities that may cause or worsen heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis include:

  • Long periods of standing
  • Intense exercise
  • Getting up from a seated position.

PLANTAR FASCIITIS TREATMENT OPTIONS

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are similar to other foot injuries, like heel spurs. Your doctor must develop a differential diagnosis to determine the true source of your pain. Your doctor may conduct a physical examination or order imaging tests to help determine the cause of pain.

If you think you have plantar fasciitis, the best thing to do is get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Leaving this condition alone to “sort itself out” will likely result in chronic heel pain. Your symptoms may become more severe and difficult to treat. You may also begin developing problems in the hip, knee, and low back.

Some of the most common methods used to treat plantar fasciitis pain include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Night splints to stretch your feet while you sleep
  • Orthotics or arch-supporting sole inserts
  • Injections
  • Surgery

Your doctor may also suggest physical therapy to strengthen your feet and help improve your mobility over time.

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HOW AIRROSTI CAN HELP: PLANTAR FASCIITIS DIAGNOSIS AND PAIN RELIEF

Foot injuries like plantar fasciitis can hinder your mobility and reduce your quality of life. If chronic foot pain is keeping you from doing what you love, consult with an Airrosti provider today.

Airrosti treatment can effectively resolve injuries in as few as three visits (based on patient-reported outcomes). In most cases, you can continue your normal level of activity for the duration of your treatment. You’ll also receive individualized at-home exercises to further speed recovery and help prevent injuries. 

Call Airrosti at (800) 404-6050 to schedule an appointment or learn more about what to expect on your first visit.

Reviewed by Casey Crisp, Doctor of Chiropractic

Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. If you experience any numbness, tingling or reproduction of your symptoms, please contact your doctor.

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