What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury characterized by persistent heel pain. It occurs when your plantar fascia –– a band of thick tissue that runs from your toes to your heel –– becomes inflamed due to wear-and-tear.
Plantar fasciitis affects people of all ages, but is more common in athletes and individuals who are on their feet long period of time.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis typically causes a painful stabbing sensation in one or both of your heels. The pain is most noticeable in the morning, but it’s also triggered by long periods of sitting or standing. As the condition progresses, you might also experience heel pain after working out or playing sports.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, the team at the practice of Tyra L Beavers BS, PTA, DC reviews your medical history and physically examines your feet. During the exam, the team gently presses on your heel to pinpoint areas of tenderness or swelling.
If a visual assessment isn’t enough to make a diagnosis, the team might also order X-rays or an MRI to rule out other potential problems like a stress fracture or heel spur.
How does chiropractic care treat plantar fasciitis?
Chiropractic care combines manual adjustments and physical therapy with custom-crafted shoe orthotics. Custom orthotics are heel pads or inserts that support the unique curvature of your feet. In addition, they hold your foot in the proper position, limiting the risk of overuse injuries and general discomfort.
Custom orthotics boast a proven track record of success. One study conducted by the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois, found that shoe orthotics helped significantly reduce foot and back pain.
Sometimes custom orthotics and chiropractic care alone aren’t enough to ease pain caused by plantar fasciitis. If your symptoms persist or worsen, the team might recommend other types of treatment, including ultrasound therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), or infrared light therapy.
Ultimately, the goal of chiropractic care is to provide integrative, holistic pain relief using an all-natural, drug-free approach.
Don’t wait to receive treatment for plantar fasciitis at the practice of Tyra L Beavers, BS, PTA, DC. Book an appointment online using this website, or call the office to speak with a staff member today.