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Plantar Fasciitis

woman stretching footAs one of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

The pain that people with plantar fasciitis experience is usually the worst with the first few steps after getting up in the morning. Extended standing or getting up after sitting can also trigger pain. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.

What Are the Risk Factors?

Although this type of heel pain can develop without an apparent cause, some factors can increase your risk of developing this condition:

Age. The majority of people with plantar fasciitis are between 40 and 60.

Foot mechanics. Those with a high arch, flat feet, or an abnormal walking pattern can experience plantar fasciitis because those issues can affect how weight is distributed while standing. Added stress can be put on the plantar fascia.

Obesity. People who are significantly overweight often suffer from the condition because excess weight applies extra stress to the plantar fascia.

Certain occupations. Factory workers, nurses, teachers, and others who spend most of their working hours walking or standing on hard surfaces can experience damage to the plantar fascia.

Natural Help

Dr. Martin can adjust your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine joints. These adjustments help to improve function on the bottom of your feet to promote healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can orthotics help?


Can plantar fasciitis go away on its own?

Yes, in the lucky ones, but not usually. Dr. Martin has a few patients who have improved on their own.

What type of techniques and treatments do you find successful in treating this type of heel pain?

Orthotics, ultrasound or laser, foot, and ankle adjusting, exercises, icing or heat therapy, and splinting the ankle sometimes can be beneficial.

How long until patients typically notice relief?

Many patients get results quickly, sometimes in as few as two treatments.

Can problems in the spine contribute to this condition?

Yes. If you have problems with nerve function in the feet from pelvic or low back misalignment and central nerve function, it can slow the correction and healing.

Patient Success Story

icon-testimonialsA 45-year-old female retail worker on her feet all day had severe flat feet and plantar fasciitis for approximately three months before she came in—and she was hobbling. After putting her in orthotics and doing all the treatments, within one month, she was back walking pain-free, working normally, with no issues.

Step Beyond Pain & Toward Healing

Contact Martin Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule an appointment.


Plantar Fasciitis Waterloo, Kitchener ON | (519) 886-2570