Some people experience sharp, stabbing foot pain immediately upon awakening and getting out of bed. Heel pain first thing in the morning is a sign that you may have a heel spur.
The morning foot pain associated with a heel spur normally lasts about 10 minutes or less before it begins to calm down; however the pain pattern may become worse over time until it eventually becomes constant.
The foot is comprised of 26 bones arranged into 4 arches held together by ligaments. Foot pain is often the result of a misalignment of one or more of those 26 foot bones. When the bones of the foot lose their healthy alignment it can cause pressure and stress on nearby nerves, muscles and ligaments.
Misalignments of the bones in the feet are usually the result of abnormal or excessive stress to the feet. Think about the activities you participate in on a routine basis. If those activities involve strenuous use of your feet, you are at risk of developing a foot condition.
Two of the most common foot conditions that develop as a result of misalignments are plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the soft tissues on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia) become overstretched, irritated and inflamed. The classic symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis include pain on the bottom of the heel and sometimes into the arch of the foot.
Attaching from the heel to the five toes, the plantar fascia spans the entire plantar surface of the foot. Due to misalignments of the tarsal bones and altered foot function, this tissue becomes overstretched and develops micro-tears near its attachment at the heel bone.
If you are looking for a safe, effective and permanent solution for your Plantar Fasciitis & heel pain without surgery give Dr. Birdsall a call at (303) 920-4263.
“Specific chiropractic adjustments to the foot bones will correct the underlying mechanical problem, improve foot function and ease tissue stress.”
Dr. Birdsall has taken a vast interest in correcting many common foot problems. This is rather unique in that most chiropractors focus primarily on adjusting the spine versus the extremities. However, he believes that the feet are equally important to correct when there is a misalignment or a loss of healthy function.