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 heel pain. In this condition, the fascia connecting the heel bone to the toes and supporing the arch of your foot becomes inflamed and painful. It is most often characterized by being excruciatingly painful first thing in the morning when you get out of bed and then calming down over the course of the day. The painful cycle repeats on a daily, becoming worse over time.

It can also be painful with other activities:

  • Walking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Standing/sitting for long periods of time

Plantar fasciitis is not the only cause of foot pain.  Achilles Tendinitis comes in as a close second.  It is often caused by tightness in the calves which can result from long hours sitting.  Both plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis benefit from the conservative physical care as well as 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.