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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the soles of the feet. The connective tissues that surround the heel bone are primarily affected by this condition.

After years of wear and tear injuries, an inflammatory process sets in, rendering every step painful. The clinical presentation of plantar fasciitis is diverse and varies from one individual to another. With that said, most people complain of pain and stiffness in the heel. You may experience a sharp pain that produces a burning sensation. This pain gets worse after standing for too long or walking.

Unfortunately, a large number of patients with this condition do not know they have it. As a result, the symptoms keep getting worse until some complications arise.

On this page, we will review the common causes and risk factors of plantar fasciitis as well as what symptoms to expect. Additionally, we will take a look at the scientific evidence that discusses the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the management of this condition.

The causes and risk factors of plantar fasciitis

Scientists have yet to identify the exact causes of plantar fasciitis. However, there is some consensus that a process of wear and tear will ultimately lead to this condition. Additionally, some risk factors may also precipitate plantar fasciitis.

Here are some causes of plantar fasciitis:


Repetitive stress and strain on the plantar fascia can cause micro-injuries of the tissues. Activities that lead to this phenomenon include running, standing, and dancing.

Foot mechanics

Abnormalities in foot mechanics, such as flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal gait, can put added strain on the plantar fascia.


Wearing shoes with poor arch support or cushioning can also contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. Some studies suggest that shoe inserts may relieve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.


In rare cases, a sudden injury to the foot (e.g., falling) can cause plantar fasciitis.

Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis:


Plantar fasciitis is more common in middle-aged adults, as the fascia becomes less elastic and more prone to injury.


Jobs that require standing for long periods or physical labor increase the risk of plantar fasciitis. People who spend a lot of time on their feet, such as teachers, retail workers, and construction workers, are at higher risk.


Being overweight or obese can place more stress on the plantar fascia, leading to pain and injury.

Active lifestyle

Participating in high-impact sports, such as running and basketball, can increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.

Tight calf muscles

Tight calf muscles can make it difficult to flex the foot and increase the risk of plantar fasciitis. They can also lead to a condition called “heel cord tightness,” which causes pain and discomfort in the foot.


People with certain forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may be more at risk of plantar fasciitis.


Diabetic patients often develop peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain. Over time, these people may develop plantar fasciitis.

The signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis

Signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis:


The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel or the bottom of the foot, especially upon rising in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting.


The foot may feel stiff in the morning or after being inactive for long hours.


There may be swelling in the heel or foot, especially near the arch.


The bottom of the foot may be tender to the touch.


People with plantar fasciitis may limp or change their gait to avoid putting weight on the affected foot.

Arch pain

Pain in the arch of the foot may be a sign of plantar fasciitis.

Heel spurs

In some cases, people with plantar fasciitis may develop small bony growths, called heel spurs, on the heel bone.

It’s important to note that the symptoms of plantar fasciitis may come and go. They may also be worse at certain times, such as after standing or exercising. If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to see a chiropractor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

The potential complications of plantar fasciitis

Chronic Pain

When left untreated, plantar fasciitis leads to chronic pain and discomfort in the foot. This will undoubtedly impact your quality of life.

Limitation of physical activity

People with plantar fasciitis may experience limitations in their physical activity. Primarily, working out and participating in sports events become very challenging.

Increased risk of injury

Plantar fasciitis increases the risk of other foot injuries, such as stress fractures and heel spurs.

Decreased function

Prolonged pain and discomfort from plantar fasciitis can decrease function and mobility, making it more difficult to perform daily activities.

Depression and anxiety

Similar to other conditions that precipitate chronic pain, plantar fasciitis may lead to mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.

How chiropractors could help patients with plantar fasciitis

Chiropractic care can help with plantar fasciitis by addressing the underlying causes of the condition, such as muscle imbalances, foot misalignment, and poor posture.

In a 2004 study, researchers found that participants with plantar fasciitis experienced significant improvements in pain, function, and quality of life after receiving chiropractic care compared to those who received only standard medical care. Another study noted that chiropractic care was effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with plantar fasciitis.

Chiropractors can use a combination of techniques, such as spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and stretching and strengthening exercises, to relieve pain and improve function in the foot.

Recent reaserch shows that Shockwave Therapy is very efficient with Plantar Fascitis and patients have reported quicker recovery times!

Takeaway message

Chiropractic care is very effective in the management of plantar fasciitis. By addressing the underlying causes that trigger your symptoms, chiropractors may offer a safe, long-term solution to plantar fasciitis.

We hope that this article managed to explain the role of chiropractors in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

If you have any specific questions about Plantar Fascitis or how we can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via the contact us page!