Plantar Fasciitis


Chiropractors located in Barrington, IL

The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. When it becomes irritated or strained, the result is plantar fasciitis, a painful condition on the bottom of your foot that nags when you walk, stand, or work out. Chiropractic therapy from the expert team at ChiroFit in Barrington, Illinois, can provide lasting relief. The practice’s experienced chiropractors have helped countless plantar fasciitis sufferers regain a spring in their step. Use the convenient online booking tool or call to make an appointment to treat your plantar fasciitis pain.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot. When it gets strained, inflamed, swollen, or weakened, it causes pain known as plantar fasciitis. This inflammation of the ligament is a soft tissue condition and one that ChiroFit specializes in treating.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

You experience pain in the bottom of your foot, towards your heel, when you stand up after sitting for a long time or first thing in the morning. Standing for long periods of time and walking for extended periods of time also aggravates the pain. You may experience the pain in one foot, or both feet.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis often strikes people of middle age, but can show up in younger people who spend long periods of time on their feet. Other factors that put you at risk of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Excessive pronation – turning in when you walk
  • High arches or flat feet
  • Being overweight
  • Poor fitting shoes
  • Tight calf muscles and rigid Achilles tendons

How does chiropractic help?

Often, plantar fasciitis is due to the way you walk and hold yourself when standing. Chiropractic helps adjust your posture so that you exert pressure differently on your feet. This makes you walk in a way that relieves plantar fasciitis pain.

If you experience plantar fasciitis in one foot and not the other, it may have to do with the way you distribute your weight. You may stand more to one side, or favor one side when walking. The resulting overload on that side leads to strain and inflammation of the plantar ligament. The chiropractors at ChiroFit can help you learn how to distribute weight evenly through manual adjustments and physical therapy exercises.

Excessive pronation may be addressed through chiropractic manipulations and physical therapy exercises, too. The doctors at ChiroFit look at your entire pattern of movement and determine what may be contributing to the plantar fasciitis. Then they devise a treatment plan customized for you.

What therapies help heal plantar fasciitis?

The doctors at ChiroFit can provide you with daily exercises and stretches to do at home to help heal from your pain. They may also recommend orthotics, regular icing, anti-inflammatory medications, and staying off your feet. Consistent self-care and regular visits to the doctor expedite healing.