How You Can Manage Plantar Fasciitis

What starts as an occasional sharp pain that suddenly develops in the heel of your foot can become a nagging, constant pain that causes you to limp or avoid walking altogether. If you have experienced this, I’m sure your healthcare team has looked into a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. At a glance, it can sound like a minor injury. Still, the long-term effects of this painful condition can seriously interfere with your quality of life. 

What is plantar fasciitis?

Also described as “joggers heel,” it is one of the most common causes of foot pain. The plantar fascia is a flat bed of tissue or ligament that supports the arch of your foot by connecting your heel bone to the toes. If the plantar fascia becomes strained, it can become swollen, inflamed, and weak. This causes pain in the bottom of the foot when standing, walking, or running. 

What are the symptoms and factors that increase the risk of development?

A sharp stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel of your foot simply categorizes plantar fasciitis. The pain worsens when you are bearing weight on it, particularly after prolonged rest periods. It is commonly reported that the most intense pain is felt upon getting out of bed in the morning or after long periods of sitting.

Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain; in some cases, if the plantar fascia continues to be overused, it can rupture. 

Typical signs and symptoms of plantar fascia rupture include:

  • A clicking or snapping sound.
  • Significant local swelling.
  • Acute pain in the sole of the foot.

 Factors that increase the risk of plantar fasciitis:

  • Certain types of exercise. Activities that place stress on the heel and attached tissue include long-distance running, gymnastics, dance, and aerobics. These can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis.
  • Excess weight. Being overweight puts extra stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Faulty foot mechanics. Being flat-footed, having a high arch, or abnormal walking pattern can adversely affect how weight is distributed when standing.
  • Occupations that involve a lot of standing. Teachers, movers, physical laborers, and others who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces.

Getting a diagnosis

Tests are not necessary to diagnose plantar fasciitis. The diagnosis is made based on history and physical examination. We can examine your feet and watch how you stand and walk. We will also ask questions about:

  1. Your past health, including illnesses or injuries
  2. Your symptoms include pointing out where the pain is and what time of day your foot hurts most.
  3. How active you are and what types of activities you do.
  4. How long have you experienced this pain?

How do you treat plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis often occurs because of injuries that happen over time. With treatment, pain will reduce in a few weeks, but it may take a few months to a year for it to resolve completely.

Start by giving your feet a rest. Cut back on activities that hurt your foot, and try not to walk or run on hard surfaces. Properly fitting shoes with adequate support are always a suggestion. Stretching and strengthening exercises or specialized devices can also relieve symptoms and speed up recovery.

How can Chiropractic help?

  1. Exercises. We can instruct you in a series of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and strengthen lower leg muscles to help stabilize the ankle and heel.
  2. Athletic tape. We may recommend using an athletic tape to support the bottom of your foot.
  3. Night splints. We may may also recommend wearing a splint that stretches your calf and foot arch while you sleep. This holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight and facilitates stretching.
  4. Orthotics. Finally we may prescribe arch supports or orthotics to help distribute pressure to your feet more evenly.

If you are experiencing heel pain and suspect you have plantar fasciitis, connect with your local chiropractor. Prompt treatment can help reduce the healing period and prevent prolonged periods of recovery. Let us help you to manage your plantar fasciitis.


5 Ways to Seamless Spring Cleaning

Depending on where you are in the world, it seems like winter is on its way out. Here are five ways to ensure your spring cleaning is seamless. It is time to purge, crack open the windows, and get into those hard-to-reach corners. What’s spring cleaning without moving furniture and getting right in there? Am I right? 

We’ve been waiting many long months to reopen our homes to the fresh air, the sounds of nature, and the ability to clear out that built-up clutter. But injuries, particularly back injuries, are prevalent this time of year. The injuries brought on by lifting, twisting, and tripping are the ones that can have long recovery times, so how can you prevent them and make the most of your efforts?

1.Create a To-Do List

I have noticed with patients that the desire to do it all at once can leave them scrambling to complete the many tasks they have started. Adhering to a list and completing one task at a time will allow you to remain organized and sure of your surroundings. Working in one area of the home at a time will allow you to declutter and clean to completion comfortably. This makes it less likely to be tripping over cords or losing track of time. Lists will help you to remain on track and prevent confusion.


You may think, “Warm up to clean the house?”.

Yes, bending, moving, lifting, and scrubbing can make you – at the very least – feel sore the next day. Injuries are more likely to occur if you have stiff muscles. Take a walk around the house, do a few simple stretches, and get your muscles warm and blood circulating to your extremities. Five minutes of stretching can prevent months of recovery from an injury, so please don’t skip this step!

3.Keep Your Abs Tight

Keeping your abs tight throughout the cleaning process will give you a great ab workout and help support your back while moving and lifting items. Many back injuries occur due to poor form when moving, lifting, or getting up from awkward positions. However, having a solid core will help prevent these injuries by keeping your musculoskeletal system firmly in place. 

4.Use Your Legs, Not Your Back

Instead of bending at the waist, use your legs and squat or lunge! Squat while cleaning the bottoms of windows and mirrors. When cleaning the tub or picking items up off the floor, squat and bend at the knees when reaching for objects, and lunge while vacuuming or weeding the garden – both of which are great for your shoulders and arms. 

5.Clean More Than Your Home

Spring cleaning isn’t just about the physical aspect of cleaning and purging either. Cleaning up your eating habits and routine is a great way to get back on track after the long winter months. Meal planning can make getting organized with your food easier.

Getting into a better sleeping routine is sure to have you feeling and looking better. Making movement a crucial part of your daily routine will help you keep your body agile and in shape – so you can proactively prevent injuries.

Your home is an excellent place to start, but remember to include the rest of your life. Make sure your chiropractor appointments are scheduled into your routine, and make fitness a part of this equation.

Enjoy Yourself

Enjoy yourself by putting on music or a podcast. Ensure you enlist family members to help with these tasks so you don’t become overburdened with house/yard work. Tasks can be easily divided and categorized per age group when involving children, especially if you can turn it into a game!

Life is better when it is decluttered, the fresh air flows, and we feel like we have accomplished something. Happy Spring cleaning!