We treat many different types of foot conditions, but morning heel pain is one of the more common symptoms that patients report. It’s those first few steps after getting out of bed that may cause the greatest amount of foot pain for some. If you experience pain on the bottom of your heel for the first few minutes after stepping out of bed, you are most likely suffering from plantar fasciitis (often accompanied by a heel spur).
The plantar fascia is a flat connective tissue that spans the
entire surface of the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia
attaches from the calcaneus (heel bone) and spans the
bottom of the foot where it connects to the five toes.
There are 26 bones in each foot. When the foot bones lose
their healthy alignment it often leads to pain and dysfunction.
The calcaneus most commonly misaligns in such a fashion that
it places an abnormal stretching force on the plantar fascia.
This abnormal pulling force on the plantar fascia will
eventually cause tiny micro-tears to develop. This unhealthy
process will lead to swelling and inflammation of the plantar
fascia and surrounding tissues.
Moderate to severe pain under the heel is the most common symptom associated with plantar fasciitis. If neglected and left untreated, a calcium deposit or bone spur will develop at the bottom of the heel bone where the plantar fascia attaches. The good news is you don’t have to have the heel spur surgically removed. In fact the spur does not cause pain by itself. The pain people experience under the heel is due to the constant pulling, overstretching and micro-tearing of the plantar fascia. Restoring healthy alignment to the 26 foot bones will address the underlying cause of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. We focus on adjusting the 26 bones in the foot. Gentle foot adjustments will reduce and remove the mechanical stress and provide great relief from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.