One of the leading causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis, is due to inflammation of a band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, which connects your heel bone to your toes. The pain of plantar fasciitis worsens after a period of standing or sitting, then often lessens as your foot becomes suppler. People who run on a regular basis, those who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate arch support are at higher risk of this disorder. Although this condition is painful, it can still be treated with chiropractic therapy.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
This disorder causes stabbing pains in the heel of the foot, which may be triggered upon standing or sitting or standing for long periods.
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil, Aleve and Motrin may help to alleviate the discomfort. Exercises that strengthen and stretch the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and muscles in the lower legs can help to alleviate symptoms within two to three months.
Your physician or physical therapist may recommend night splints. These are devices which stretch you calves and the arches of your feet while you are sleeping. Your physician may also recommend orthotic devices such as arch supports, heel cups, or cushions so that the pressure on your feet is delivered more evenly.
If these methods are unsuccessful your physician may recommend:
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
The plantar fascia is treated with sound waves to promote healing.
People seldom need surgery for plantar fasciitis. If you do require surgery, your planta fascia will be detached from your heel bone. This is only an option when the pain is extreme and other methods of treatment have been unsuccessful.
If you are suffering from heal pain or discomfort, contact Taylor Chiropractic to find out more about our integrative services including: digital x-rays, chiropractic, pain management, postural exercises, massage therapy, rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling.