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Posted on 07-15-2013
Sore feet can make running, jumping, walking or even standing a torturous activity. Many people go through life with this complaint convinced that it is somehow normal for them or that they simply have "bad feet," when in fact they have a treatable, correctable condition known as plantar fasciitis. Here at Insight Chiropractic we understand this common cause of chronic foot pain -- and how to correct it.
Plantar fasciitis takes its name from the plantar fascia, a strong band of tissue that extends from the ball of the foot to the heel. This is the ligament responsible for maintaining the medial arch that gives your foot the flexibility and support necessary to bear your weight. The foot actually has three arches, but the medial arch is the big one that everyone is familiar with. When the ligament becomes inflamed, you may experience significant pain in the arch that feels worse when you first walk on it in the morning. While the pain may ease somewhat during the day, however, it will stay with you until the underlying cause is dealt with.
Many factors can contribute to plantar fasciitis, including ill-fitting shoes that offer insufficient support, an acute injury, or a job that requires you to stand all day. You may also have a spinal misalignment or musculoskeletal imbalance that distributes your body to your feet improperly; obesity can aggravate this problem. You might even have a congenital issue such as "flat feet" or high arches. Some or all of these influences can work together to produce chronically tired, aching feet.
Our Los Gatos chiropractor, Dr. Forster, has a detailed understanding of the delicate joints and soft tissues of the extremities, and how structural problems elsewhere in the body can affect their ability to function. We may prescribe spinal adjustments, ice, massage, orthotics or lifestyle changes to relieve the stress on your plantar fascia. Let us restore your feet to wellness!
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