Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain.   Achilles Tendinitis is a close second. 

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain. This length of fascia connects the ball of the foot to the heel and provides support to the bottom of the foot. It can be affected by stress on any of the three arches in the foot.

The plantar fascia can become inflamed and aggravated by any activity that puts excess stress on the bottom of the foot. One common example is excessive time on the feet, especially on hard surfaces.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain from

  • Walking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Being on the bed
  • Standing/sitting for long periods of time

Achilles Tendinitis is likely the second most common cause of pain in the foot.  It is often caused by excessive tightness in the calves which can result from long hours sitting.  Both plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis present with similar symptoms and can benefit from the use of shoe inserts or orthotics.

Common Causes of Foot Pain

There are many causes of pain in the feet, such as an increase in walking, running or physical activities, having flat feet, over pronation or poor arch support.   There are quite a few treatment options and no one option works best for everyone. Icing the area, reducing physical activities such as running and frequent calf stretching are common suggestions.

Most medical doctors recommend a steroid shot. This may alleviate pain for a certain time period, but this is not a permanent solution. 

A chiropractor can help break up the scar tissue & inflammation by utilizing soft tissue therapies such as Myofascial Release, Massage, or  Ultrasound.  If the cause is collapsed arches or flat feet then orthotics may be the best solution. Your chiropractor will not only be treating the pain but also the underlying structural problem. This will allow for proper healing and the prevention of future problems.