Plantar fasciitis or Heel Pain
Heel pain is a common foot condition. An estimated one in ten people will have at least one episode of heel pain at some point in their life.
The plantar fascia is a tough and flexible band of tissue that runs under the sole of the foot. This tissue connects the heel bone with the bones of the foot, and acts as a kind of shock absorber for your knees and hips.
Sudden damage, or damage that occurs over many months or years, can cause tiny tears (microtears) to develop inside the tissue of the plantar fascia. This long term damage can cause the plantar fascia to thicken, resulting in the heel pain you feel. The surrounding tissue and the heel bone can also sometimes become inflamed and cause some discomfort.
Most commonly, people who run or jog regularly and older adults who are 40-60 years of age, are the two main groups affected by heel pain.
How can we help with Plantar Fascia?
Your chiropractor can diagnose your condition and recommend further treatment. This may include manipulation, home exercises, acupuncture or dry needling, soft tissue work, massage and may also include organising a referral to see a foot specialist.
Your chiropractor can organise foot supports for your shoes if this is suitable for you.