Running Injuries, Plantar Fasciitis and Chiropractic

Foot pain is one of the most common conditions in people who stand for work or are recreational runners. Many people are not aware Chiropractic care is often a very effective treatment for foot pain and problems.
One of the most common conditions seen in runner is plantar fasciitis. It is estimated that 10% of runners are prone to plantar fasciitis. Often a heel spur is seen with the conditions. The heel spur is a bony projection from the heel bone or calcaneus. Heel spurs are seen in about half of persons with plantar fasciitis and in about 10-27% of the general population. A heel spur is an indication of long term irritation of the plantar ligament and not directly the cause of the problem. The heel spur itself is not located on the weight bearing part of the heel and does not directly cause pain. Plantar fasciitis is generally considered episodic in nature and more people can recover with rest, orthotics and conservative care (including Chiropractic care).
Plantar fasciitis is most often seen as a sharp heel pain on the botton and inside of the foot. The pain is often the worst first thing in the morning or after a period of extended sitting. The condition may be seen in people with either high or flat arches.
Orthotics are often very beneficial for persons with plantar fasciitis. Taping of the arch may be effective as well but is fairly time and labor intensive. Myofascial release treatments to the plantar fascia are often effective. Chiropractic adjustments to the foot are often helpful as well. It has been estimated that 95% of persons can respond to conservative care (including Chiropractic) for plantar fasciitis. Icing of the heel is often an effective conservative measure for treating plantar fasciitis.

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