Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage Clinic in Edmonds, WA, provides natural solutions for plantar fasciitis, a condition marked by chronic heel pain. Our chiropractor can utilize an array of chiropractic techniques and therapies to improve the way your feet and spine support your body.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
This is a relatively common foot problem that affects an estimated 2 million Americans. The plantar fascia is a ligament located under the skin at the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel to the front of the foot, supports the foot arch, and functions as a shock absorber. Too much pressure on the ligament strains and tears the tissue, leading to inflammation and pain.
Causes and Risk Factors
Injury or trauma to the foot, prolonged standing, arthritis, and wearing footwear without poor support are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Risk factors for the condition include high foot arches, flat feet, repetitive impact from running, obesity, and tight calf muscles. Patients tend to change the way they stand and walk to avoid painful steps. However, altering your gait causes secondary conditions such as joint stress, muscle dysfunction, and misalignment.
Damage to the plantar fascia may trigger these symptoms:
- Sharp heel pain when you put pressure on your foot
- Pain that is at its worst right after you get out of bed in the morning
- Pain after prolonged inactivity
- Pain that subsides after walking for a few minutes
- Pain that worsens after intense activity or exercise
Treating Plantar Fasciitis with Chiropractic Care in Edmonds
We will perform a comprehensive physical exam including a foot x-ray or foot scan to confirm a case of plantar fasciitis. Next, we create a non-surgical, drug-free treatment plan to reduce stress on the plantar fascia. Here are some effective chiropractic options that can help minimize the pressure on your feet and reduce the risk of surgery:
- Foot Adjustments: Our chiropractor will adjust the foot and heel. This relaxes the muscles and ligaments and reduces stress on the plantar fascia. Adjustments also reduce inflammation, relieve pressure on the foot joints, and can prevent recurring ligament damage.
- Spinal Adjustments: Realigning the spine promotes physical balance and resets communication between the spine and body.
- Supportive Shoes/Orthotics: We may recommend you wear cushioned shoes, silicone heel pads, or pre-made custom orthotics (inserts) in your shoes. These options help to provide the support your foot needs to avert trauma on the plantar fascia when stepping, standing, or running.
- Healing Therapies: We may recommend foot massages and targeted stretch exercises to help heal the plantar fascia and secondary areas that are affected.
Step with Confidence. Call Us Today!
Painful steps can reduce your mobility and quality of life. Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage Clinic can help you heal that pain before it comes to that. Call 425-361-1839 to request an appointment today with our chiropractor in Edmonds, WA.