Plantar fasciitis and lower back pain

Plantar Fasciitis and Lumbar Disc Herniation

Orange County Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Center
2401 W Chapman Ave #102, Orange, CA 92868

plantar fasciitis and lower back pain imageAs a chiropractor specializing in orthopedics, a large percentage of my time is spent treating patients with lower back pain. Lower back pain is after all the second most common ailment secondary only to the common cold.

Plantar fasciitis associated with lower back pain

Over the past 25 years I have noticed a startling number of cases of plantar fasciitis among patients who were also suffering from lower back pain caused by:

  • Disc herniation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic lower back pain

Two possible bio-mechanical  reasons for this relationship between suffering from lower back pain and plantar fasciitis are:

  1. Long standing foot bio-mechanical issues that cause plantar fasciitis eventually transmit abnormal stresses up the bio-mechanical chain through the legs to the lower back causing malfunction.
  2. Irritation of the lumbar nerves, which control the muscle tone of the lower extremities causes muscular imbalance in the calf muscles, which leads to plantar irritation and inflammation.

Basically it’s the “chicken and the egg” dilemma. Once you are suffering from both plantar fasciitis and lower back pain due to disc herniation it really doesn’t matter which came first. The fact is, both must be addressed to relieve pain and restore your normal active lifestyle.

Unfortunately, many doctors may be able to treat one, but not the other. Even more unfortunate is that many physicians, therapists and chiropractors miss the relationship between the two and offer inadequate treatment for both.

The key is to find a doctor who:

  • Understands that there may be a relationship between foot arch pain and lower back pain
  • Is knowledgeable enough to diagnose both conditions accurately
  • Is equipped to treat both conditions simultaneously and effectively

Non-surgical, drugless alternatives are available for plantar fasciitis and lower back pain. Learn more and find out what the cause of your foot and back pain is and what treatments options are available for you by calling (714) 938-0575 for your Free Plantar Fasciitis Evaluation today.


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