4 Facts About Foot & Heel Pain
It's the morning. You've rested well and ready for a new day until...you take that first step out of bed and experience a sharp, burning pain at the heel of your foot. Pain is the body's alarm signaling something is wrong.
According to an article from the National Institute of Health, " Heel pain is a common presenting complaint in the foot and ankle practice, and plantar fasciitis (PF) is the most common cause of chronic pain beneath the heel in adults, making up 11–15% of the foot symptoms requiring professional care among adults."
Could the source of your heel and foot pain in Friendswood be Plantar Fasciitis?
Stuck On Fascia? It's Stuck On You, too.
Before we ask that question, we must determine what exactly is Fascia? Fascia is easy to spot any time you're cooking chicken. Have you ever noticed a tough, membrane-like tissue on the outside of a chicken breast? This tissue is fascia.
Fascia is a type of connective tissue in the body that surrounds everything and holds it all together. In muscles, fascia holds together all of the cells, and the bundles of cells, into more bundles of cells that extends from the muscle and creates a tendon. The tendon, made of connective tissue or fascia, connects the muscle to the bones so we can move.
The plantar fascia is located on the bottom of the foot. It's a very thick band attached to the heel and spreads out to attach at each of the individual toes. When this connective tissue becomes irritated and inflammed, it's called Plantar Fasciitis. In order to determine how this connective tissue becomes inflammed, we must leave the foot and travel further up into the calf.
Putting the Foot Into Action
Most of the actions of the foot are performed by muscles in the calf and the front of the leg next to the shin. The muscles that define the calf are called Gastrocnemius and Soleus. Gastrocnemius, or just gastroc, is responsible for not only assisting bending at the knee but is also responsible for allowing you to stand on your toes. Soleus, which sits underneath gastroc and does not affect the knee, helps gastroc bring up the heel.
Gastroc and Soleus share connective tissue at the back of the heel better known as the Achilles tendon. This tendon is extremely tough and difficult to injure but in cases of overuse, such as runners, it can cause these muscles in the calf to become tight, which makes the Achilles tendon pull against the heel. Inactivity and poor posture may also cause these muscles to become too tight.
Put Out The Fire!
Prolonged tension on the Achilles tendon causes tension on the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot. As time progresses, inflammation in the heel will occur and the pain felt when stepping is the chronic tension being placed on the heel at the Achilles tenson and the now inflammed plantar fascia.
If plantar fasciitis continues to go untreated, it can lead to bone spurs around the attachment site of the Achilles and plantar fascia. It may also lead to problems in the joints thatt make up the ankle, including loss of movement.
Chiropractic for the Foot?
Chiropractic treatments have shown increasing benefit with treatment for Plantar Faciitis. An article published in PubMed 'Chiropractic management of pediatric plantar fasciitis: a case report' states:
"The purpose of this report is to present the case of a 10-year-old football player with bilateral plantar fasciitis who improved with a multimodal conservative approach using chiropractic treatment."
"Treatment was provided for 6 visits over a 6-week period. Chiropractic care consisted of manipulative therapy, soft tissue therapy, and home rehabilitation exercises. The soft tissue technique (Graston Technique) was performed to the origin of the plantar fascia and the triceps surae bilaterally. High-velocity, low-amplitude manipulation was applied to the restricted ankle mortise joint. After 6 treatments, the patient reported resolution of foot pain bilaterally and improvements in activities of daily livings. Three months later, the patient reported no further complications and the absence of pain."
If you're suffering from heel pain and it's difficult to step out of the bed in the morning, don't live with the fire under your feet. Forever Well Chiropractic welcomes you to sit down with Dr. Haywood and discuss treatment options for your heel pain and get walking pain-free.