If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or heel pain, you aren’t alone. Over 3 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with this type of heel pain each year. Though mostly affecting middle-aged adults, plantar fasciitis can also affect younger people, like athletes or soldiers, who are constantly on their feet.
What exactly is plantar fasciitis? It occurs when the thick band of tissue, which connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. This band of tissue is called the plantar fascia. Symptoms include:
Stabbing pain in the heel
Pain worsening in the morning
Foot sole pain
Swelling and tenderness
Repeated strain on the ligament can cause tiny tears, which leads to this most common cause of heel pain. People are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis if:
Your feet are over-pronated
You have high arches or flat feet
You are overweight
You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
It’s important to start treatment sooner, rather than later. Suggested treatments include rest, icing the heel, and over-the-counter pain relievers for the pain aspect. To heal, it’s recommended to wear shoes with arch support or to use shoe inserts for support.
Dr. Eric has shoe inserts that can ease your plantar fasciitis symptoms! For more information, please visit Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy at www.praglechiro.com or call 850-508-5951.
Posted by Natalie Burdick