Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition leading to pain in the bottom of the foot. It is driven by inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a tough, fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.

The plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone and runs all the way to the base of the toes. It helps support the normal arch of the foot and plays a big part in maintaining normal foot mechanics while walking and standing. The biggest causes of plantar fasciitis are standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time and repetitive motions like running or walking.

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Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot ailments with over 3 million cases diagnosed each year. The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is a pain in the bottom of the food often focused around the heel. This pain is a result of inflammation in the plantar fascia. As the inflammation persists, the surrounding area can become very tender to the touch. It also makes it very hard to stand on that foot without pain.

Pain is generally most prominent in the morning when standing and taking the first few steps of the day. Anytime the area is allowed to rest for more than a few minutes inflammation can build up again and standing and walking will hurt. Foot pain can develop from a number of different issues besides plantar fasciitis. Other diagnoses that lead to foot pain are:

-Sprained ligaments and strained muscles
-Neuropathy from diabetes
-Radiculopathy from a pinched nerve in the low back

These are conditions we also have treatments for at Blue Mountain Wellness! 


The main cause of plantar fasciitis is repetitive activity placing stress on the feet. When standing places weight on the foot, the plantar fascia must stretch to support the arch of the foot.

This tension also increases when you push off on the ball of the foot and toes, which happens when walking or running. With repetitive overuse or over long periods of time, the fascia gets injured and can become irritated by routine daily activities. Weight can also be a compounding factor in developing plantar fasciitis.

Unfortunately, each of the causes listed above will stress the foot even more if a person is overweight or obese leading to an increased chance of developing the condition. Another huge risk factor is working on a hard surface for extended periods of time. Jobs that force you to stand on hard floors dramatically increase the stress placed on the plantar fascia. Over time, that chronic stress on the feet can cause inflammation to accumulate leading to plantar fasciitis. 

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SYMPTOMs OF Plantar Fasciitis

Stabbing Pain

Stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel

Painful First Steps

Painful first few steps after awakening or resting

Worse After Exercise

Pain increases after exercise, not during it.

TREATMENT OPTIONs in Lebanon County, PA

There are some excellent options to help resolve plantar fasciitis naturally. Our chiropractors in Lebanon County can reduce pain and help you get back to the activities you love. Our program to treat plantar fasciitis consists of:

-Custom Stabilizing Orthotics: Custom insoles designed to correct arch problems in the foot and stabilize the foot during standing and moving. Orthotics allow for the foot to be in a neutral position, so there is less repetitive stress and pressure on the plantar fascia. 

-Chiropractic Adjustments to Hip and Feet: Corrects alignment and reduces pressure on the irritated structures

-Electric Stimulation Therapy: Relieves foot pain and relaxes muscles

-Radial Pulse Wave Therapy: Breaks up muscles tension and stiffness

-Class 4 Laser Therapy: Helps reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing in the plantar fascia

-Home Stretches and Exercises: Promotes correct biomechanics and breaks up adhesions in the foot

-Supplements: Increase healing and reduce inflammation

Our Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Chiropractic Care can range from injury treatment to injury prevention. We focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and care of the spine and other joints. Our approach to chiropractic begins with a comprehensive exam to look at the structure and the function of the spine. 

Many Chronic Conditions are exacerbated by underlying dietary imbalances. At Blue Mountain Wellness, we have programs designed to heal the body from within and combat inflammatory issues with natural holistic nutrition programs.

Our Licensed Nutritionist and Doctors use supplements to accelerate and optimize your body to heal and function at its potential.

Orthotics are prescription devices worn inside your shoe to correct issues and conditions. Orthotics help with pain, posture, and much more.

Electric Stimulation Therapy targets the muscles in the treatment area. It sends a current into the muscle that ultimately helps it to relax and treat inflammation and irritation. Electric Stimulation Therapy is not a painful treatment and is extremely effective. Typical Treatments are 10 minutes.

Exercises and Stretches are a great way to improve posture and range of motion as well as decrease back pain and prevent injury while decreasing muscle soreness.

An Extraspinal Manipulation is when a licensed Chiropractor adjusts a bone that is not one of the 33 in your spine. This could include wrist, ankle, fingers, toes, knees, elbows, ribs, even ears!

Class IV Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared device and is a great low-risk technique to treat chronic pain. It reduces inflammation and promotes healing and pain relief.


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