Pain on the bottom of the feet is a common condition that affects many people. One of the structures that may cause this is called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot that helps maintain your foot arches. The plantar fascia runs from the heel to the forefoot.
Plantar fasciitis is a foot injury, which commonly occurs in people who are on their feet for long periods at work. When walking, the plantar fascia limits flattening of the foot arches. The plantar fascia can become tight and irritated both with high or low foot arches. Tight calf muscles can also stress the plantar fascia.
Stretches can help to decrease tightness and pain in the foot coming from the plantar fascia. Rolling your foot over a tennis ball with focus on the painful spots helps to relieve pain and tension.
Ice massage and other cold applications can help decrease inflammation in the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia can be irritated by changes in the foot that may be difficult to see. Bone spurs on the heel of the foot can lead to irritation of the heel as well as the plantar fascia.
Chiropractic manipulation can help improve mobility of the joints in the foot and massage can help decrease tension in the muscles and fascia of the foot.
Increased pressure on a foot while guarding other injured areas such as the back, as well as tension and direct injuries to the leg and foot after an auto collision can also lead to plantar fasciitis.
A chiropractic physician will be able to examine and determine areas that are contributing to your foot pain.