What is it? How do you know if you have it? What can you do to help it?
(Gabie Falconer- Chiropractor)
The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue on the base of your foot, starting from the heel bone and splitting into three different bands. Unlike muscle tissue, the plantar fascia is not very elastic and therefore is very limited in its capacity to stretch or elongate. The plantar fascia is so important for normal foot movement and function as it is responsible for maintaining the arch of the foot and also acts a shock absorber.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this band, which generally causes pain in the morning and eases with rest. Most commonly, the pain is felt at the insertion of the plantar fascia on the heel.
There are many possibilities as to why you may develop plantar fasciitis, in one or both of your feet. These include decreased motion throughout the joints of the foot and ankle, commonly seen after ankle sprains, as well as having a high body mass index, creating extra pressure on the tissue. Having a high or low arch also increases the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. The more active population who undergo prolonged walking, running or dancing tend to increase their risk of plantar fasciitis too. When too much traction is placed on the plantar fascia micro-tearing will occur, resulting in irritation, inflammation and pain.
At Simply Health & Wellness, our Chiropractors use a multimodal approach to diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis. While we help to reduce symptoms, we also focus attention on treating the dysfunction to assist you in getting back to the best condition, limiting your rest time and decreasing the chances of recurrence.
Our Chiropractors use a combination of manual adjustments, mobilisations, soft tissue work, trigger point work, ice, stretches and home care activities to help you out of pain and improve the function of your feet!
If you would like an accurate diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation plan, please contact the clinic on 9651 5559 to book an appointment with one of our Chiropractors today.