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Plantar Fasciitis and Chiropractic

Chiropractors may use myofascial release to help with plantar fasciitis. Contact our Sioux Falls chiropractic clinic today to learn more.

By: Adam Renelt, DC

Updated 1/23/2024

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects millions of people every year. So what is plantar fasciitis and can chiropractic care help it?   The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this tissue. Pain on the bottom of the foot is the most common symptom.  Plantar fasciitis pain is often worse in the morning and then may improve after a person has been up and moving around for a while.  The pain can be present in both feet or may only be present on one foot.  Also, people with plantar fasciitis as well as bone spurs may have more pain in their feet than someone without heel spurs.

Plantar Fasciitis Risk Factors and Symptoms

People that stand on their feet all day at work, especially on hard surfaces, are more likely to develop plantar fascia issues. Also, people that frequently run or walk for exercise are at higher risk of plantar fasciitis.  Trauma can bring on symptoms in some cases but in other cases no specific cause can be attributed to causing the problem. Some people will report severe pain to the point that they struggle to stand or walk right away in the morning.  It is often described as a sharp or even a stabbing pain. Sometimes, the pain can improve quickly but other people may struggle with pain for much longer. Also, the shape of someone’s arch may play a role. In my experience, patients with flat arches or very high arches are more likely to develop symptoms and pain in the plantar fascia area.

Self Care for Plantar Fasciitis

Symptoms from plantar fasciitis can often be helped with self-care and lifestyle modifications.  Wearing properly sized and supportive shoes is important.  Also, stretching the calf muscles on a regular basis may help to relieve pain.  Using a tennis ball, lacrosse ball or golf ball to roll on the bottom of the foot may also help to improve symptoms.  Orthotics, or arch supports in shoes, can help support the foot and help symptoms also. Our office has the ability to order Foot Leveler’s custom orthotics for our patients.

Plantar Fasciitis and Chiropractic Care

Unfortunately, some cases of plantar fasciitis don’t improve with self-care.  Chiropractic care may be able to help these cases of plantar fasciitis.  Your Sioux Falls chiropractor will evaluate the feet as well as knees and spine to determine if chiropractic may be able to help.  If indicated, chiropractic adjustments may be performed to the foot and/or spine.  Also, soft tissue techniques like myofascial release or manual muscle work may be used.  In our office myofascial release has been the most effective thing we have found to help cases of plantar fasciitis.  If chiropractic is ineffective a patient may be referred to a specialist for further evaluation.  Specialists may consider injections, physical therapy, surgery or other treatments. If you are wondering if chiropractic can help your symptoms please contact our Sioux Falls office for a consultation. 

Chiropractors may use myofascial release to help with plantar fasciitis. Contact our Sioux Falls chiropractic clinic today to learn more.
Dr. Adam, one of our Chiropractors, performing myofascial release for plantar fasciitis.

Adam Renelt, DC is the founder of Back in Balance Chiropractic. Dr. Adam grew up on a farm in South Dakota and received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 2004. In 2007 he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic with his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and started his career in private practice. He lives in Sioux Falls with his wife and son.  In his free time he enjoys reading and being outdoors, mountain biking and hiking.

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