As summer approaches, people tend to get more and more active, which is a good thing. Don’t let your initial impulse to go at it hard end up slowing you down. Plantar fasciitis, the leading cause of heel pain, has stopped many athletes and summer enthusiasts in their tracks.
The Mayo Clinic describes plantar fasciitis as one of the most common contributors to heel pain. Its cause, Mayo confirms, is inflammation in the thick tissue band – the plantar fascia – that runs down the bottom of your foot, connecting your toes to your heel bone. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis is often described as a stabbing pain that is especially pronounced when you first stand in the morning or after you sit for extended periods. Standing for long periods can also trigger this heel pain. Further, the pain is often exacerbated after (rather than during) physical exercise, such as running or power walking.
What Brought This On?
Your plantar fascia normally works as a protective shock absorber that supports the arch of your foot, which naturally faces a lot of daily wear and tear. When that natural shock absorber is pushed too far, the fascia can become irritated and/or inflamed and can also begin to exhibit small tears. Jumping into an exercise regime too quickly or going too hard at your workout without resting and wearing comfortable and supportive sports shoes that fit well and that you replace often can contribute to the onset and severity of plantar fasciitis.
There are several common risk factors associated with plantar fasciitis:
- It usually occurs in people aged 40 to 60.
- High-impact exercise, such as running, repetitive jumping, and many dance forms, can contribute to its premature onset.
- Foot mechanics, such as being flat-footed, having a high arch, or walking with an unusual gait, can also play a role.
- Carrying extra weight can exacerbate the condition.
- Jobs that require long hours of standing contribute to plantar fasciitis.
Do not ignore your heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can end up causing you to compensate for your pain by adjusting your posture and your gait, which can lead to further physical complications in your back, knees, hips, and spine. If you’re experiencing heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, chiropractic care is highly effective at both treating the condition and preventing further complications.
If You’re Experiencing Heel Pain, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
Don’t let plantar fasciitis interfere with your physically active summer. Contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, you’ll receive individual attention that focuses on you and your summer plans. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call or contact us today.