Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic Treats Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons for chronic heel pain in adults. Certain risk factors can make you more prone to condition, but anyone can develop plantar fasciitis >span class="wsc-grammar-problem">– sometimes for no obvious reason. Luckily, this condition often responds to chiropractic treatment. Here are the basics on plantar fasciitis, courtesy of Dr. john Nichols, DC, at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic in Bradenton, Florida.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
All muscles are covered with a layer of tissue called fascia. The plantar fascia runs from the toes to the heel bone. This tough fibrous structure connects heel and toe bones and supports the arch of the foot. It can be stretched to the point that tiny tears develop in the surface of the fascia. The resulting pain and inflammation are known as fasciitis. A stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot when you first walk around after lying or standing is the most common symptom. The pain usually occurs near the heel on the bottom of the foot. The pain may decrease after you walk for a few minutes, but also reappears periodically. Continued exercise makes the pain worse.
Causes and Risk Factors
Sometimes plantar fasciitis is idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. People who spend long periods on their feet or who engage in activities like dancing or running are more prone to fasciitis. Obesity may also be a factor. An abnormal gait pattern can increase the risk of fasciitis because it places more pressure on the feet. More common in women than men, this condition usually appears in middles age, between the ages of 40 and 60. Other risk factors include having a high arch, wearing high heels for long periods or being flat-footed.
Plantar fasciitis will not get better if you ignore the pain. In fact, forgoing treatment can increase the risk of bone spurs in the heel. You are also likely to change your gait because it hurts, which can lead to pain in the ankle, knee or hip. A chiropractor will assess the joints in the foot and adjust them if they are out of alignment. Massaging the fascia may also loosen the tissue and help to relieve the pain. A chiropractor can also determine whether you need custom orthotics to correct conditions like flat feet which may be contributing to the problem.
Contact Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic in Bradenton, FL!
If you are struggling with heel or foot pain, please contact us at (941) 739-2900 or come by the office at 8608 State Road 70E in Bradenton. We treat patients of all ages and offer additional services such as massage and physical therapy. We also have extended hours to help meet your scheduling needs, including Saturdays by appointment.