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How Chiropractic Can Help your Foot Pain

woman holding her painful foot on whiteDo you get pain in the bottom of your feet or heel? Is it worse when you first step out of bed or when you’re on your feet for too long? You may have PLANTAR FASCIITIS!

What is plantar fasciitis? It’s a common condition in athletes and people who spend a lot of time on their feet. It causes heel pain through the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting your heel bone and toes.

The plantar fascia’s job is to absorb shocks in your foot. Small tears in the tissue may occur over time because of repeated stress, leading to inflammation and pain. People with plantar fasciitis often experience stabbing pain in the heel or bottom of the foot that worsens in the morning or after periods of sitting.

Plantar fasciitis commonly occurs as a result of repetitive impact on the feet and/or inadequate arch support from shoes.

How can chiropractic help? Chiropractic can help significantly in many ways:
Aligning your ankle and feet: Misalignment in the ankle may contribute to plantar fasciitis because the plantar fascia has to work harder to move the foot without the help of the ankle. Adjusting the ankle and foot will improve normal joint motion, thus reducing the strain on the plantar fascia.
Massage and Myofascial Release: The plantar fascia will be stiff and have many trigger points, this will reduce the mobility of the muscle and foot. Myofascial release works to improve the flexibility and get rid of the trigger points. This technique works really well and we’ve had really great results with it, along with the adjustments.
Exercise and Stretching: We can work you through stretches to elongate the tight and inflamed tissue, along with exercises to help strengthen muscles to help stabilize the foot and ankle.
Orthotics: Custom foot orthotics may be needed to help patients with flat feet or a reduced foot arch. If the arch drops, the plantar fascia becomes over-stretched, which will lead to injury and inflammation. Custom foot orthotics are molded specifically to your feet and they help hold up and support the arch of the foot. This will take a lot of tension off the fascia and help it heal. We can get you set up with orthotics here in our office.
Adjusting your spine: It’s common for people with pain in their feet to not walk correctly in order avoid the pain. This in turn will cause pain and problems in the knee, hip, and lower back.
At Home Care: Things you can do on your own include icing the bottom of your feet, stretching, and rest.

It can take weeks to heal your plantar fasciitis but not getting it taken care of now can have much longer lasting effects. The longer the problem persists, people can start to develop a heel spur that can become permanent.

Give us a call to set up an appointment and we can get your going on the road to recovery from your foot pain!

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