As winter gives way to spring and the temperatures warm, we find ourselves itching to get outside for a long run. While hitting the pavement or trails might be all we want to do, sometimes the initial push off the couch can have some undesired consequences – in your feet. Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that can affect anyone at any time, and if it has been an especially long winter with less activity, you might be more prone to heel and arch pain.

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by inflammation or tears in the connective tissue that connects the toes to the heel. This tissue is what forms the arch of the foot and is called the plantar fascia. When this tissue becomes inflamed or damaged, it can often make many daily activities painful and can become a more chronic issue if left untreated. Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by a number of factors. Having poorly fitted shoes as well as walking, running and standing for long periods of time can make you more likely to develop the condition. There are also certain muscle groups that if they become too tight are believed to promote the condition, including your calves, Achilles tendons and glutes.

Luckily, there are several ways to prevent this condition from occurring. One of the best ways to prevent or treat Plantar Fasciitis is through chiropractic care.  A chiropractic professional will be able to pinpoint the areas of your body that are creating the problems for certain muscle groups.  With assisted stretching and massage that target the root of the inflammation or pain, you can eliminate certain problem spots that may have been a nuisance for years and treat and prevent Plantar Fasciitis.

Other options for treating Plantar Fasciitis are as simple as the shoes we wear. Having well-fitted shoes can be a great step taken to prevent pain from occurring in our feet from standing, walking or running. Signs that your shoes might not be fitting right could be blisters on your heels, toes or balls of the feet. Those blisters could be telling you your shoes are too large or small depending on their location and they could lead to Plantar Fasciitis if left untreated. Making sure your shoes fit properly if you are going to be running or walking for extended periods is an important way to keep your feet and legs healthy.

Following these and other preventative and treatment options for Plantar Fasciitis can help you to remain active and healthy throughout the spring and summer. If your pain persists, consult a medical professional to discuss additional surgical and non-surgical treatment options that will get you back on your feet again.