|Custom Chiropractic orthotics can help to balance the foot and help decrease the pain from a heel spur that results from plantar fasciitis (foot arch pain). With excessive or rapid pronation (arch collapse) the plantar fascia is repetitively and excessively stressed, causing pain in the arch of the foot. This pulls on the heel bone eventually causing a heel spur or Achilles tendon injury.
The plantar fascia is a tendon-like structure that stretches along the arch of the foot from the heel bone (calcaneus) to the end of the long bones of the foot (metatarsals). A classic sign of this condition is severe pain on walking in the morning that is located near the heel. Plantar fasciitis is very common among people who work on their feet all day, runners, walkers, aerobic dancers, and athletes involved in various sports. Its onset can be triggered by changes in the surface used for training or competition – eg from track to grass or vice versa – or a change in footwear. Another common trigger for plantar fasciitis is a change in training; the addition of hills, stairs or sprints, for example, can cause overuse of the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and injury.
If an athlete develops plantar fasciitis for the very first time as a result of changes in training surface or methods, the condition will usually respond readily to standard treatments. However, a recurrence of the condition, despite treatment protocols suggests an underlying mechanical fault. This will require custom dynamic Chiropractic orthotics to balance the foot and enhance healing.