Plantar fasciitis doesn't sound serious to those who associate it with minor foot pain. However, if you suffer from this problem, you will find it anything but “minor.” This condition is caused by irritation to the plantar fascia, a band of ligaments that attaches your heel to the front of your foot. The fascia can become extremely irritated when the heel bone is jammed or locked-up and not moving properly. This can cause excruciating pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot.  If you are having these types of issues, you should make an appointment with your chiropractor.

Symptoms

If you experience sharp pain near your heel or along your arch when you walk, particularly when you first get out of bed in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis. The pain may be worse after you stand or sit for extended time periods and will rarely go away on its own.

Causes

Those who have certain jobs where they are on their feet constantly, such as salespeople and factory workers, are more likely to have plantar fasciitis. Those with a weight problem or naturally weak arches are also vulnerable to this issue. Runners are especially prone to plantar fasciitis. People that jump out of heavy machinery landing on their heels are prone. Also, if you are age 40-60, you are more likely to have this condition than those in other age groups.

Treatments

Medical professionals may suggest you ice your heel, wear supportive shoes, rest your feet, or have custom orthotics made (molded shoe inserts.) These actions may help lessen your pain, but it's not really correcting the cause of the problem, which is a bone that has become locked out of position along with very weak muscles in the arch of your foot.

The ankle has seven bones, and a misalignment of any of them can put stress on the plantar fascia, causing pain and inflammation. A skilled chiropractor can get these bones back in their proper position, relieving pressure on the fascia. You may experience significant improvement after just a few visits to your chiropractor.

Other Ailments

Because many people adjust the way they walk due to heel pain, other areas of your body may begin to suffer. Your back, hips and knees may also become misaligned. A chiropractic adjustment can address those additional ailments as well.

When bones are even a bit out of line, you can develop severe pain in many areas of your body, including your heel. Instead of relying on medications and other treatments, visit your chiropractor first. They may provide all the help that you need.