Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
Foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis rarely resolves on its own without intensive medical intervention. This condition is caused by a thickening of a soft band of tissue, the plantar fascia, which runs between the heel and toes. When the tissue thickens past a certain point, it begins to restrict movement and compress nerves. Light exercise can help loosen up the tissues, which reduces pain slightly as the day goes on. Unfortunately, continued movement and long periods of standing around tend to worsen pain once again. Luckily, patients can seek assistance from a chiropractor to resolve this condition and live relatively pain free.
Chiropractors will look at the severity of the patient's symptom, as well as what the patient's lifestyle is likely to determine the best course of treatment. The treatment plan will usually go from least to most invasive, except in the most serious of plantar fasciitis cases.
The thick band of tissue in the foot places excess strain on the ligaments running from the heels to the toes. Chiropractors can make slight adjustments that reduce ligament stress to give the feet a rest. With manual adjustments, the pain and swelling is diminished, which helps the feet heel from the ongoing damage.
Patients with high levels of pain may elect to have steroids injected into the foot tissue to reduce or eliminate pain temporarily. The shots must be administered in conjunction with other therapies designed to reduce stress and strain on the foot ligaments. Multiple injections are not recommended as the risk of complications increases with each one.
If initial therapies do not have an effect on the patient's pain levels, chiropractors may refer the patient out to a surgeon to disconnect the plantar fascia at the heel bone.
Ongoing chiropractic care can not only resolve this painful condition, but also prevent plantar fasciitis from reoccurring. Preventive care techniques include manual adjustments and therapeutic exercises. In addition to exercise sessions performed in the clinic, patients will receive a list of movements to perform while at home. The movements can loosen up the thick band of tissue to reduce pain, despite a full day of intense walking activities.
Prevention also focuses on retraining the patient's walking habits, such as avoiding turning in the soles of the feet while taking each stride. Chiropractors can help patients obtain a pair of shoes that help correct the stride to prevent plantar fasciitis symptoms from returning. If patients cannot find suitable footwear, a pair of orthotics can help mitigate complicating factors, such as high arches or flat feet, which contribute to the development or progression of this condition.
Resolving Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
Patients with recurring foot pain should have an evaluation performed by professionals at Charlotte Health Center, in Charlotte. Limiting the amount of strain placed on the ligaments in the feet will minimize the treatments needed to eliminate pain. Reversal of the condition is also much easier to achieve before small tears in the ligaments begin to appear. For more information call us.
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