If you have ever suffered from plantar fasciitis you are well-aware of how painful and debilitating it can be. While plantar fasciitis is not a life-threatening affliction, it can deeply affect the quality of your life and it is more than enough to slow you down.
There is no reason to live in pain. There are a wide variety of treatment options out there including the natural, personalized, and highly effective treatment of a chiropractor. Today we will be highlighting the ways that a chiropractor can help treat your plantar fasciitis so that you can live free of pain again. Let’s take a look!
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
To put it simply, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tendon in the area of your foot that connects the heal to the toes. When described in such terms, plantar fasciitis does not sound very serious, but it can be a very painful condition. In fact, it is often described as a chronic stabbing pain that makes it difficult to walk, which can have a dramatic impact on your daily life.
If you find that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis you can at least be sure that you are in extensive company. It is a very common condition that affects over three million Americans each year and, while it is painful and inconvenient, when treated properly, recovery usually is relatively quick.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can occur for a number of reasons. People who are overweight are generally more affected when compared to the rest of the population. It is particularly common in people who have gained a significant amount of weight over a short period of time. For that reason, many pregnant women suffer sporadic bouts of plantar fasciitis during the third trimester of their pregnancy.
It can also be a result of the structure of your foot. If your foot is overly arched or flat, you may may be more prone to suffer from the affliction.
Frequent physical activity is another prominent cause. Runners, long distance walkers, and people with jobs that require they be on their feet all day are often more prone to suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Past the age of forty plantar fasciitis becomes much more common, particularly in women. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to prevent the onset of the condition. Maintaining a healthy weight is one step that can be taken, but unfortunately many of the other common causes cannot be avoided.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Pain from plantar fasciitis generally builds up over time. At first you may not think much of it—it will probably feel like a regular ache. Over time, however, the pain will increase to the point that it can be very uncomfortable to walk.
The discomfort is generally in the heal region of the foot, though many people have experienced it in the center of their foot as well. The affected area will generally feel tense, and perhaps even swollen. Generally, plantar fasciitis will only affect one of your feet at any given time, though it is possible for both of your feet to experience it simultaneously.
Sufferers will generally experience most of their pain in the early hours of the morning, and after extensive physical activity. Usually the inflammation will cause the increase in pain after the activity has been complete although it is not uncommon for people to have a difficult time being on their feet for extended periods of time, or even climbing the stairs. One of the telltale signs of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heels that occurs when you wake up in the morning, or after sitting for a long period of time, but gets better after you get up and moving around.
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Once you have determined that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis the next step is to make an appointment with your local chiropractor. Chiropractors offer a highly personalized approach to healing that puts the patient first, considering their full needs as a person. Because your chiropractor will want to address your condition in a way that is unique to your own personal circumstance, your first appointment will probably mostly focus on identifying your problem areas, and establishing your medical history.
Like any appointment with a healthcare expert, your chiropractor will most likely examine the foot and discuss your symptoms with you to ensure that you do, in fact, have plantar fasciitis. If they reach the conclusion that your painful symptoms are the result of something else they will either work towards identifying and treating that ailment, or refer you to a physician who is capable of doing so.
In the event that they do determine you have plantar fasciitis, they will most likely proceed to perform what is referred to as an adjustment. The adjustment is what chiropractors do best. Many health problems are simply the result of a misaligned spine which then causes the central nervous system to do things it otherwise would not resulting, in a wide variety of painful symptoms, including inflammation. Your chiropractor will perform your adjustment by applying pressure to your spine at various points. Where they apply the pressure, and how much pressure that they apply will depend on your needs as well as your symptoms.
There are a wide variety of other treatments that chiropractors use as well that they may or may not determine to be useful in treating your affliction. Again, your treatment will be unique to you.
In some cases, they may provide splints or braces designed to keep your foot in a position conducive to healing, while in other cases they may just recommend a diet that will help reduce your inflammation. Whatever the case, you can approach your consultation confidently knowing that your needs are being met in a very personal way.
There is no denying that plantar fasciitis is painful and unpleasant, but seeing a chiropractor may just be the treatment you need to get you out of pain, quickly and safely, and with the use of medications.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis in Austin, contact us at the Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center of Austin at (512) 459-5523 today. Dr. Moore will work with you on a personalized treatment plan to have you back on your feet in no time.
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