Sharp pain near your heel or along the arch of your foot when you walk, particularly when you first get out of bed in the morning, could mean you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis.
The pain can get worse in your heel and foot if you stand or sit for extended periods of time and rarely goes away on its own!
Plantar fasciitis doesn’t sound serious to those who associate it with minor foot pain, however if you suffer from this problem you will find it anything but minor!
What is it?
It is caused by irritation to the band of ligaments that attaches the heel to the front of the foot (plantar fascia). It can become extremely irritated when the heel bone is jammed or locked and is not moving properly. This can cause excruciating pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot.
There are certain types of people and activities that make you more susceptible to this problem. Activities where you are constantly on your feet such as factory workers and salespeople are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis. Those with a weight problem or who have naturally weak foot arches are also vulnerable to this condition. Runners are especially prone as are people who jump out of heavy machinery landing on their heels. Age can also play a part, if you are aged between 40 – 60 years old, you are more likely to have this condition than those in other age groups!
So what can be done about it?
Doctors and other health professionals may suggest you ice the heel, wear supportive shoes, rest your feet or have custom orthotics made. All of these are very valid and may help lessen the pain, but it is not really addressing the cause of the problem, which is a bone that has become locked out of position, along with weak muscles in the arch of the foot.
The ankle has seven bones and a misalignment of any of them can put stress on the plantar fascia, causing pain and inflammation. Your Chiropractor can get these bones back in their proper position, relieving the pressure on the fascia.
Unfortunately many people adjust the way they walk due to heel pain, and other areas of the body may also begin to suffer. The back, knees and hips may also become affected.
When bones are even a tiny bit out of line you can develop severe pain, so instead of relying on medication and other treatments – make a visit to your Chiropractor – it may be all the help you need!
Should you require any further information or would like to speak to a member of our team, contact us on Luton 01582 579687 or Hitchin 01462 420077, alternatively e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire