The plantar fascia ligament is a flat band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes. It is designed to be the shock absorber of the body, taking in the stress and strains we place on our feet. When this ligament is over-stressed, the pressure can cause damage resulting in a painful condition called plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. While it can cause discomfort and interfere with daily life, it can be effectively treated with the proper care.
Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but it’s more commonly seen in athletes where an enormous amount of pressure is put on the feet. Other factors that increase risk for plantar fasciitis:
- Age – normal wear and tear on the body
- Obesity – extra weight adds stress to your feet
- Shoes – consistently wearing shoes that don’t offer arch support
- Occupation – people who stand or work for many hours at a time
- Faulty Foot Mechanics – having flat feet or high arches
At Whole Body Health, we treat our patients with a combination of physical therapy, laser therapy, and chiropractic care to heal the injured area and take any added pressure off the feet. Proper diet and safe exercise are also part of our treatment plan in caring for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial in preventing symptoms from returning and reducing inflammation in the body. We also provide custom-made orthotic shoe inserts to provide the necessary arch support to prevent future injury.