Plantar fasciitis

If you feel like you’ve got a stone or tac in your shoe when you definitely don’t, you may have plantar fasciitis.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition of the feet experienced by about 10% of the population. You’re more likely to have it in your middle to late years and it’s caused by micro tears with adhesions in the connective tissue (aka fascia) of the major foot arch.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis may differ from person to person, but generally it’s characterised as severe pain on the underside of the foot. It may feel like you’re walking on stones or tac. It may feel like a stabbing pain or a burning or tearing sensation as you walk. Typically, the worst pain will be experienced first thing in the morning or after sitting for a while.

Some find that activity helps in the short term, but commonly the pain will worsen over time.

What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?

As with any condition, there are a number of potential causes that may be the sole cause or a contributing factor.  Some known causes are:

  • High arches
  • Low arches
  • Poor fitting or unsupportive shoes
  • Overweight/ obesity
  • Heavy impact sport
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency
  • Pregnancy – feet relax and spread, possible swelling
  • Weak foot muscles
  • Arthritis of the foot
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Living our life walking on hard, flat surfaces (we’re designed to walk barefoot on uneven ground!)

What can be done about it?

If you have plantar fasciitis, you may benefit from:

  • custom orthotics
  • low level laser therapy
  • Graston Technique
  • Weight loss
  • Adjusting activity to non-impact sports
  • Walking barefoot on sand
  • Ice/heat combination
  • Epsom salt soaking
  • Splinting the foot at night whilst sleeping
  • Kinesio taping
  • Addressing vitamin and mineral deficiencies

If you have been told you have plantar fasciitis or think you might have it, book an appointment to discuss your options.

Dr Carmen Hunwardsen owns and operates Carmen’s Spinal Care, a busy North Brisbane chiropractic clinic in Everton Hills.