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Posted on 10-26-2012

A person’s heel gets pressure on it thousands of times a day, with each step you take. Now imagine putting pressure on the foot with flat feet, high arches, being overweight, ankle problems or even using old or uneven shoes. Skokie chiropractor Dr. Cynthia Seaman says this is a painful condition that happens when the long, flat ligament (connected to the heel) along the bottom of the foot develops tears and inflammation. The pain is usually a dull ache or sharp pain in the heel or along the arch. The pain often gets worse after getting up after sitting for a long time or even getting out of bed in the morning. Excessive exercise or walking long distances can cause the planters fasciitis to worsen. Once one is “up and running” it “warms up” and decreases the pain since the tension is reduced in the ligaments.

You can prevent the plantar fasciitis by using custom fit orthotics to prevent the uneven pressure being applied to your heel. Also running on soft surfaces, wearing the correct shoes for your foot type will prevent this condition. It is also important to stretch the plantar fascia and achilles tendon by doing the following:

Sit down, and place the affected foot across your knee. Using the hand on your affected side, pull your toes back toward your shin until you feel a stretch in your arch. Run your thumb along your foot–you should feel tension. Hold for a count of 10.

Sitting down place a long bottle or rolling pin on the floor, positioning it under your foot arch while rolling back and forth for 30 seconds on each foot every morning.

The longer this problem is present, the more difficult it will be able to be resolved. Since traditional medicine hasn't been a successful treatment option for this condition, most planters’ fasciitis patients have sought out chiropractic care. With chiropractic care, Dr. Cynthia Seaman with perform a thorough exam, will show you how to stretch and exercise your foot correctly, fit you for custom orthotics and take a look at your shoes.

Call us at 773-545-2233 or visit Seamanchiro.com to resolve your planter’s fasciitis.

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