There are may active individuals who struggle with a nagging, debilitating pain underneath their feet. If you feel pain with virtually every step you take right along the soles of your feet—and this pain is impacting your day-to-day life, then you may have plantar fasciitis.
Whether you already have a diagnosis and know what you are dealing with, or if you simply suspect that your foot pain is from this condition, it is important that you visit a Doctor of Chiropractic for help. This is because chiropractors can help create a non-invasive treatment plan that will keep your plantar fasciitis pain at bay and get you back to feeling like yourself.
So, What Exactly Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Chances are, you’ve heard a great deal about Plantar Fasciitis, but what exactly is this condition?
Every person has a thick band of tissue along the bottom of their foot that connects their heel to their toe. This tissue protects all of the important ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscles in the bottom of the foot. This band of tissue also allows your foot to function properly.
When this band of tissue becomes inflamed, it is known as plantar fasciitis.
What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
There are a few signs and symptoms that will let you know if you have plantar fasciitis or not. Some of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis:
- Pain or stiffness along the bottom of the foot that gets worse throughout the day
- Pain that increases when you stand on your toes or climb up the stairs
- Pain while standing on your feet for long periods of time
- Pain with your first few steps in the morning
- Pain in the bottom of the foot when doing certain exercises (pain may decrease then return during exercises)
If you notice all, or some, of these symptoms, it is important that you visit a chiropractor right away for help.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
There is no one single “cause” of plantar fasciitis. There are, however, certain conditions that can put you at risk for developing this condition. Sometimes, it can be caused by something as simple as wearing the wrong type of shoe or walking on certain types of surfaces or doing some type of exercise. Your general foot structure and overuse can also lead to plantar fasciitis.
There are other risk factors that can come into play with plantar fasciitis. People between the ages of 40 to 60 are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis, and individuals who are obese will have extra stress on their feet that can lead to this type of inflammation.
Individuals with a high arch or flat feet as well as those who are runners and dancers tend to be at a greater risk for developing plantar fasciitis.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Plantar Fasciitis?
If you have plantar fasciitis, or suspect that you have this condition, you should go and see a Doctor of Chiropractic. A chiropractor will be able to perform diagnostic tests to determine whether or not you have plantar fasciitis.
From there, your chiropractor will help get you on a care plan that includes regular adjustments, specifically in the ankles and feet. We will also give you at home stretches, movements and treatments that will help with these stressed or inflamed tissues in your feet.
Here at McAuliffe Chiropractic, we have been treating patients in the Laurel, Clarksville and PG County area for foot pain and plantar fasciitis for over 30 years. If you are struggling with foot pain and are looking for real relief that will actually get to the root problem of your pain—contact our office today. You can make an appointment directly online or call our office at 301-776-0755 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.