King Chiropractic

Do Your Feet Hurt?

Watching the Boston Marathon today has me thinking about feet. I like feet. They are complicated structures but most foot problems can be cured using simple methods.  One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis.   The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel bone to the toes. It is partially responsible for maintaining the arch of your foot. Some things that can strain the plantar fascia include:

  • Sudden increase in activity level
  • Being overweight
  • Having flat feet or tight calf muscles
  • Wearing unsupportive shoes or high heels
  • Prolonged standing
  • Pregnancy

When the plantar fascia is strained, it develops microscopic tears. Scar tissue then forms, making the fascia even less flexible. If not corrected, a vicious cycle of tear-heal-tear occurs which results in pain in the arch and heel of the foot, aka plantar fasciitis.  Eventually the tension of the fascia pulling on the bone can cause heel spurs as the body lays down bone to protect itself.  One thing that can mimic or accompany plantar fasciitis is a trigger point in the quadratus plantae, a thick little muscle right in front of your heel.

Things to try at home:

  • Wear supportive shoes/orthotic inserts
  • Lose weight
  • Stretch your calf muscles
  • Roll your foot on a frozen golf ball
  • Reduce walking/running until it heals, then gradually increase

If it is still bothering you…

Give me a call! I have successfully treated many cases of plantar fasciitis with a combination of Graston Technique to the foot and calf and chiropractic adjustments to the arch of the foot. The Graston Technique works by breaking down the scar tissue and bringing blood and nutrients to the area so that it can heal. It also will get rid of any trigger points in the quadratus plantae or calf muscles.  The adjustments help push the arch of the foot up so that there is less pressure on the fascia. So far, most of my patients have had complete recovery from their foot pain. All have had significant relief.  I recommend trying this first before going to get a cortisone shot, since cortisone tends to degenerate ligaments and tendons.

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4 Comments on “Do Your Feet Hurt?”

  • Jill April 17th, 2012 12:43 am

    Ever since having my babies, I have terrible foot pain. Especially in the mornings when I first wake up. Is this something that you can help me with?

  • admin April 18th, 2012 7:56 pm

    Yes! A signature of plantar fasciitis is that it is worse first thing in the morning. At night, you tend to sleep with your feet pointed down, which shortens the fascia. Then when you get up and plant your feet on the floor, you stretch and tear the fascia- ouch! Let me know if you would like to schedule an appointment. I have toys here for the kids if you need to bring them along.

  • Jill April 24th, 2012 7:39 pm

    Count me in! What day(s) work best for you? Anything on a Tuesday or Thursday is great for us!

  • admin May 1st, 2012 4:43 am

    Oops, sorry, I just saw this comment. Still getting used to this blogging thing. I am in the office Mon, Wed, and Fri afternoon/evenings and Sat mornings. Can you email me and let me know if any of these days work for you?

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