If “plantar fasciitis” sounds ugly, that’s because it is. Affecting as many as two million people in the U.S. every year, plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of foot pain, quantitatively speaking, which says nothing of its specific causes and symptoms.

The silver lining of plantar fasciitis’ common occurrence is that Austin chiropractors such as me have lots of experience in precisely and effectively treating it. Continue reading to learn more about what I mean!

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The name “plantar fasciitis” derives from the plantar fascia, which is the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia spans the entire underside of your foot, which means that it’s used very often – quite literally, with every step. As a result, the plantar fascia has a tendency to experience micro tears, which can lead to inflammation, i.e. plantar fasciitis.

There’s no consensus on a universal cause for plantar fasciitis. Some chiropractors and physicians have linked it to athletic injury or general overuse, while others have found a correlation between plantar fasciitis and arthritis or even diabetes.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Don’t be fooled by my use of the word “micro” – the pain sufferers of plantar fasciitis feel is anything but tiny, with symptoms such as burning and aching on the underside of the foot, near the heel, present in the majority of cases. The worst thing about plantar fasciitis is that while symptoms tend to become more severe with activity, you can experience pain while walking or even standing, which makes plantar fasciitis treatment not only desirable, but essential.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Austin

The good news is that chiropractic adjustments of the feet have been shown to be effective in treating plantar fasciitis, restoring a normal range of motion and, as chiropractic treatment often does, getting to the root of the problem.