Plantar Fasciitis & Shin Splints

Shin Splint and Plantar Fasciitis in Guelph

Plantar Fasciitis

Pain at the bottom of your foot? Tightness upon waking? Difficulty taking your first few steps in the morning? You may have plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of pain in the heel of your foot. The plantar fascia is a thickened muscle fiber attaching at your heel and running along the bottom of your foot. It provides arch support and also functions in shock absorption. Plantar fasciitis is caused by collagen degeneration and/or inflammation in the plantar fascia muscle fibers.

The pain is often worse with the first few steps in the morning when rising from bed, after prolonged standing or walking or with specific sports activities. Common causes of plantar fasciitis include: tightness of the foot & calf, weakness in the foot muscles, very low or very high arches, improper training or poor footwear.

Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed from presenting symptoms and after a foot examination. Gait analysis is often done to assess the biomechanical factors that may be involved.

Treatment may involve a combination of:

  • rest
  • ice
  • stretching tightened muscles
  • myofascial release therapy
  • microcurrent therapy
  • orthotics or shoe modifications
  • strengthening intrinsic foot muscles

To find out more about how your plantar fasciitis problems can be helped, see us at Clear Path Chiropractic Health Centre – Guelph’s chiropractors to help you feel better and stay well.

Note: This article is for information purposes only. Consult your healthcare provider prior to starting any changes to your health routine.

Shin Splint and Plantar Fasciitis in Guelph

Shin Splints

Any time of the year is a good time to bring some exercise into your daily habits. It is normal to have some mild aches and pains upon starting or returning to an activity such as walking or running, however, be careful to not push through the pain! Often we see patients coming in with overuse injuries at the onset of a new routine as they train too hard and too fast. Shin splints are a frequent culprit.

Shin splints cause pain at the front inside portion of the leg near the shin bone. There may be tenderness with pressure along the lower leg or discomfort when pointing the toes downward. Shin splints may be aggravated by a sudden increase of distance or intensity of activity. Factors that can predispose some people to develop shin splints include: tight calf muscles, weak ankles, over-pronation of feet or poor footwear.

The most important aspect of treatment is rest from the aggravating activity – i.e. walking or running. Ice, stretching and a gradual return to activity are important at-home therapies.

As chiropractors we help identify and correct any underlying biomechanical abnormalities. In-clinic treatment focuses on decreasing muscle and joint tightness. This may include a combination of soft tissue therapy, adjustments, passive stretching, microcurrent or orthotics prescription.

At Clear Path we provide chiropractic care to Guelph and the surrounding area. Contact us for more information on how we can help you feel
better and stay well.

Note: This article is for information purposes only. Consult your healthcare provider prior to starting any changes to your health routine.

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  • Huff & Brady. Instant Access to Chiropractic Guidelines & Protocols. Mosby 1999.
  • Souza. Differential Diagnosis & Management for the Chiropractor. Aspen 2001.