Plantar Fasciitis: Help “Heel” Your Foot Pain With Chiropractic
Plantar Fasciitis – more simply referred to as “heel pain” – is a foot injury that affects the ligament that runs from the heel to the toes (known as the plantar fascia). Most commonly caused by overuse, strain or inflammation, this condition can become very painful if left untreated.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: pain on the bottom or arch of the foot, swelling on the bottom of the heel, and increased pain first thing in the morning or after spending a lot of time on your feet.
As painful as the injury may be, there are many non-invasive treatments that – when done consistently – can help to resolve the issue with time. When it comes to chiropractic care, there are a few main reasons why it should be incorporated into a patient’s treatment strategy:
- Inflammation reduction – just like any injury, the more inflamed the plantar fascia ligament becomes, the more painful it will be. A chiropractor can work to manipulate the toes, foot and ankle which helps to reduce joint swelling and inflammation. This reduction of inflammation allows the body to heal at an optimal level as well as helps to alleviate some of the pain associated with the injured ligament.
- Injury prevention – as discussed in our recent post about the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes, regular adjustments have been shown to help prevent injury by allowing the body to function at its highest level. If you are suffering from an injury in one part of the body, overcompensation can lead to injuries in other parts of the body. Keeping your body healthy and efficient allows it to recover more quickly and avoids further irritating the condition.
- Overall realignment – your feet are the foundation for the rest of the body and as such, they are put through a ton of stress. Things such as bad posture or unbalanced weight distribution can not only make the condition worse but they can prevent the injury from being able to heal fully. Chiropractic adjustments focus on helping to realign and balance your body… helping to relieve stress in the feet and make it easier for your body to hold it’s proper posture.
It is important to keep in mind that chiropractic care is just one part of the strategy when it comes to healing a condition like plantar fasciitis. It is recommended to consistently incorporate it alongside other treatments such as stretching, icing, better foot support, orthotics, etc. A more holistic approach can help to avoid the need for more invasive care, like surgery.
At Summit Chiropractic Center, Dr. Tilyr is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) who understands the biomechanical function of each individual joint. His specialized training allows him to expertly evaluate and adjust all extremities, including the feet.
To learn more about extremity adjustments or to schedule a consult with Dr. Tilyr, give us a call today!