What is Plantar Fascitis?
Heel Spur, also known as Plantar fasciitis, is one of the most challenging conditions of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is common in runners, effecting an estimated 10%. A calcaneal spur is found in about half of persons suffering from plantar fasciitis. The condition may effect both flat arches and high arches.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by overstretch of the ligament between the heel and ball of the foot. The over tension causes injury and inflammation to the ligaments attachment to the heel. The heel spur may result from the long term inflammation. The heel spur is not the cause of the problem and is not on the weight bearing part of the heel. Heel spurs may be totally asymptomatic and cause no pain whatsoever.
Our management of plantar fasciitis is a multipart process. Chiropractic adjustments to the foot are helpful to remove any joint restrictions. A special physio-therapy approach to help reduce the inflammation, Orthotics work by supporting the arch and removing the tension from the plantar ligament, finally addressing the associated spinal joints that may effect the nerves innervating the calf and foot muscles which in most cases the root of the problem rather than the symptoms.
If you are suffering from planter fasciitis, I strongly recommend making an appointment for a proper evaluation.