What is plantar fasciitis?
It is a condition of the insertion site of the ligament of the fascia. Fascia is a fancy word for connective tissue. The ligament starts having micro-tears which leads to scarring in the area. The pain is in the heel and the bottom of the foot. It is usually worse in the morning with the first steps out of bed or after a resting for a period of time. The pain is felt when the toes are brought towards the shin.
What causes it?
Overuse, increase in exercise, and obesity are commonly associated with increase risk of plantar fasciitis. Poor gait patterns, such as inward rolling of the foot and ankle during walking, can also cause symptoms to start. This can cause some muscles to become tight, pulling bones out of alignment, and altering how you walk.
What can I do to help the pain?
Foot stretches before getting out of bed can warm up the tissue, which may decrease the chance for tearing of the fascia.
Roll a frozen water bottle under your foot. This decreases inflammation, relieves pain, and breaks up the scar tissue.
Chiropractic care and acupuncture may decrease healing time and fix the root cause of the pain.
What will a chiropractor do to help me?
Adjust - making sure the foot and ankle are moving properly and aligned well gives you a good foundation to work with. Chiropractors are trained in finding and aligning bones that are not moving properly, and that misalignment will affect how you walk.
Soft tissue work - I am trained in specific techniques that break up scar tissue in the area and loosen up tight muscles, which prevents further damage to the area.
Acupuncture - if needed, acupuncture needles can be used to reduce pain and inflammation
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