The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from the heel to the ball of your foot. This band pulls on the heel bone, raising the arch of the foot as it pushes off the ground during walking or running. But if your foot moves incorrectly, such as in the case of foot pronation, the plantar fascia may become strained, irritated, inflamed and very painful. There are 26 bones in each of your feet. When these bones shift out of alignment, the arches may begin to fall, causing further shifting and alterations. A chiropractor can adjust the bones of your feet back into alignment. Ultrasound therapy has been very effective in reducing inflammation and enhancing soft tissue healing. Acupuncture is a particularly helpful treatment in relieving the pain of plantar fasciitis. Ice may also be recommended to help reduce pain and inflammation.
If left untreated, the plantar fascia may swell and its tiny fibers may begin to fray, and become weakened, causing more inflammation and pain…and even more foot pronation. The body’s attempt to strengthen this problem results in calcium deposition within the weakened and torn fascia fibers resulting in a heel spur. It’s needless to say that walking can be extremely painful when a heel spur is present.
Peroneus Longus and Brevis tendonitis can also cause you to have pain at the instep of your foot. This condition is treated similarly using deep tissue stripping and ultrasound therapy to the affected tendons.
Home care is a must with this condition and Dr. Hoch will show you how to stretch and massage your foot and leg muscles to improve flexibility, blood flow, and soft tissue healing.