Chiropractic Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

If you are a runner, you probably have heard of plantar fasciitis, if not suffered from it yourself. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, the soft tissue that spans the length of your foot, joining the heal bone to your toes. It can be caused by an injury or repeated or imbalanced stress on the foot. It can happen to both feet, or just one. 

Not just runners suffer from plantar fasciitis. It can also affect people with excessive pronation or high arches, people who stand for long periods of time and those who are overweight. In each case, there is improper balance and shifting of weight. 

Symptoms? People with plantar fasciitis will experience pain and stiffness in the affected foot when they first rise in the morning. The pain may subside for awhile, but if you stand for a long time, it comes back later in the day with a vengence. 

As for treatments of plantar fasciitis and its associated pain, surgery is rarely used. Instead, a combination physiotherapy and changes in your exercise routine or shoe supports can be helpful. In any case, your chiropractor is the first person you should call for an evaluation and treatment program. 

Chiropractic solutions include massage therapy and physiotherapy to stretch and relax the planta fascia and related joints and muscles of the foot and leg. The chiropractor may examine your posture and gait and help you make corrections so the plantar fasciitis at the very least doesn’t get any worse. Other treatments may include chyrotherapy, electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound. 

Plantar fasciitis can take as long as a year to subside, so it’s important to remain patient and adhere to any lifestyle changes or home treatments recommended by your chiropractic. And remember: the pain will eventually go away. 

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the ligament that attaches the heel bone to the front of your foot, the plantar fascia, is repeatedly strained, resulting in small tears. It swells and it’s very painful when you walk or stand, with the pain focused near the heel of the foot. 

People of all ages from children to the elderly can experience Plantar Fasciitis, which can be caused by a number of things: 

  • Running long distances
  • Being overweight
  • Wearing poorly fitting shoes
  • Irregularities in the foot or leg like high arches, pronation, flat feet or a tight Achilles tendon or calf muscle
  • Aging 

Pain from Plantar Fasciitis comes and goes throughout the day. The pain is usually most pronounced in the morning when you first get up. It subsides for a bit and then returns as the day progresses with a sharp, stabbing pain. 

Chiropractic Solutions for Plantar Fasciitis 

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis does not usually include surgery. Your doctor may recommend resting the foot and avoiding the stresses that may have led to the condition in the first place. 

Chiropractic treatments to control pain and inflammation may include: 

  • Neuromuscular massage to stretch the muscles and tendons of the foot and ankle
  • Physiotherapy to evaluate and correct the patient’s stance and their gate while walking or running
  • Heat or cold packs
  • Ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation 

Some patients have experienced remarkable results with chiropratic solutions for Plantar Fasciitis, reporting little or no pain after just a few weeks of physical therapy and other treatments.