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Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spurs)

Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) is an inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. It is often considered the same as, or seen with, heel spur. It is caused by such factors as:

• Long periods of standing, unpadded shoes on hard ground/poor arch support

• Poor shoes, a change or increased activity

• Overweight, age-related shrinkage of heel fat pad

• Injury

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain usually in front and bottom of the heel. It can also be over the entire bottom area of the foot. If you have heel pain on the inside, front and bottom of your heel, especially if it's in the morning or after sitting a long time, then you probably have plantar fasciitis (heel spur). The pain often increases with more walking and standing. Fifty percent of the sufferers say the pain is constant. About 90 percent feel it hurts when pressed deeply with a finger.

The most successful treatments include gentle stretching of the calf muscles, decrease or change of activities, better fitting shoes or shoe insert orthotics/arch support, taping, acupuncture, and anti-inflammatory medication.

It is important to be active in the treatment of your foot problem. Poor compliance with home care or prescribed treatment means your treatment will take far longer than it should. Those who delay seeking treatment are more likely to have it for a long time before they see improvement. If you have any questions how chiropractic care can help plantar fasciitis, you can e-mail Dr. Chad Spaulding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and/or see www.chiroweb.com.

Dr. Chad F. Spaulding