When you wake up with heel pain, the cause may be plantar fasciitis. This common injury causes a stabbing pain, often beginning with your first steps in the morning. The pain may ease with movement only to return after use or rest.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia are fibrous tissue along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. When this becomes inflamed, you have plantar fasciitis.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Certain conditions commonly cause overuse of the plantar fascia, which in turn can cause plantar fasciitis. These conditions include:
- Being overweight
- Spending a lot of time on your feet
- Wearing shoes with inadequate support
- Walking on concrete
It’s easy to meet these conditions! The good news is, attention to the root causes of plantar fasciitis can make a world of difference.
What to Do if You Have Plantar Fasciitis
Once you’re diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, you’ll want to address the cause.
- If you must be on your feet for extended periods—for instance, at work—make sure your shoes provide sufficient cushioning and support.
- Take a break from running and rest your sore heels.
- Replace pretty-but-painful women’s shoes with shoes that support the feet.
- Lose weight that’s causing extra pressure and imbalances.
Your Chiropractor Can Treat Plantar Fasciitis
Mild cases of plantar fasciitis are often treated with NSAIDs, exercise, stretches, and rest. But if your pain continues for more than a few days, you may develop abnormal mechanics from favoring the sore heel. Your chiropractor can help.
Neglecting to treat plantar fasciitis can cause additional problems. Nearby muscles and tissues are asked to compensate, leading to repetitive injury. Your chiropractor can address plantar fasciitis early before the problem becomes entrenched and difficult to treat.
Your chiropractor may:
- Assess the problem with an exam and gait assessment.
- Offer soft tissue treatment for pain reduction and to restore range of motion.
- Advise purchasing better shoes for support and cushioning.
- Recommend custom calibrated orthotics for more difficult cases of plantar fasciitis.
Call King Chiropractic about Your Plantar Fasciitis
If you have plantar fasciitis, or of you have heel pain and think it might be plantar fasciitis, call King Chiropractic at (910) 777-7228. We’ll make an appointment to address and ease your heal pain quickly and safely. You’ll be back on your feet in no time!