• What are the Causes of Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. Plantar fasciitis revolves around pain of several muscles of the foot and the plantar aponeurosis. The plantar aponeurosis lies between the two bands of the plantar fascia, it is a non-muscular fibrous sheet-like tendon. Collectively, when inflamed and irritated the plantar aponeurosis and plantar fascia are grouped together and collectively named plantar fasciitis. Other muscles that are often grouped into the generic term plantar fasciitis include the quadratus plantae and flexor digitorum brevis.  These two muscles encompass the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, however their placement, depth, and orientation within the foot are very different than the plantar fascia and aponeurosis. Therefore, this causes difficulty in determining the which muscular attachment is causing pain. When any of these muscles and/or aponeurosis are tight there will be limited motion and circulation which is painful for most individuals. Left untreated, plantar fasciitis will create a calcaneal (heel bone) spur often requiring preventable surgery.

    What are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar Fasciitis can be felt in the heel, arch, or base of the toes. Sometimes plantar fasciitis can be felt in all three areas underneath the foot, but often it is felt only in one or two areas. A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain underneath the foot experienced upon waking up in the morning which is relieved with walking. Plantar fasciitis can also be felt while standing and or immediately walking after prolonged periods of sitting. 

    Consult a doctor if the Following Occur:

    • Pain with walking upon rising in the morning
    • Pain with walking from a prolong period of sitting
    • Pain while walking only on your heels
    • Pain while walking only on your toes
    • Pain with walking or running

    What are Common Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis?

    The Doctors of Chiropractic at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic can help prevent, treat, and rehabilitate your plantar fasciitis by offering leading evidenced based soft tissue treatments for your injuries, dysfunction and pain. Plantar fasciitis can consist of several different muscles and the causes may vary drastically from person to person. Due to this, plantar fasciitis may respond best to an assortment of treatment procedures including: A.R.T., Dry Needling, Chiropractic adjustments/mobilization, Graston, FAKTR, orthotics, DNS, rehabilitation, and Kinesio/Rock tape. F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic offers all of these services to help treat your plantar fasciitis.

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    The doctors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic in Overland Park & Shawnee, Kansas and Lees Summit, Missouri are here to help lessen and relieve your plantar fasciitis pain. Do not hesitate, contact us today for leading evidence-based assessments and treatments for your musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.