Effective Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that often affects runners, athletes, or anyone who spends a great deal of time on their feet. Characterized by inflammation or injury in the plantar fascia ligament, which supports the arch and heel of the foot, this condition can cause dull pain that gradually worsens over time. Pain may be particularly bad when a person is performing certain activities, such as climbing stairs, standing on the tips of their toes, or any time that a person is on their feet for an extended period of time. Fortunately, there are ways for patients to treat plantar fasciitis and relieve its uncomfortable symptoms. At Texas Injury Clinic, our plantar fasciitis chiropractor can help our Fort Worth, TX, patients restore comfort so that they can resume a more active lifestyle, free of pain.
Creating a Treatment Plan
Immediately after a plantar fasciitis injury, it is important to stay off the feet as much as possible. Shoe inserts or heel cushions can be used to improve comfort when standing or walking is unavoidable. Unfortunately, these methods will only provide a certain degree of relief. For effective treatment, it is vital for individuals to see a doctor as soon as possible after symptoms of plantar fasciitis begin. Our experienced team of doctors will perform a thorough examination to determine the most likely cause of symptoms. Based on these findings, we will create a treatment plan that should be most effective in addressing the cause of plantar fasciitis so that patients can alleviate pain and restore a greater quality of life. We always attempt to treat plantar fasciitis non-invasively, through methods such as chiropractic care and sports medicine. Surgery should only be seen as a last resort if non-invasive methods fail to provide relief after a year of treatment.
Posture issues and poor weight distribution are common causes of plantar fasciitis. If a person does not hold themselves properly, it can lead to an unusual or unbalanced gait when they walk. When a patient is off-balance, they also tend to roll the foot forward when they walk, which can lead to inflammation or micro-tears in the plantar fascia ligament. A chiropractor can perform an adjustment to realign the spine and body. By restoring balance, a chiropractic adjustment can improve a patient’s posture and gait. Once these causes of plantar fasciitis have been addressed, the ligament can heal and plantar fasciitis symptoms should dissipate.
Sports medicine is another common aspect of plantar fasciitis treatment. Tight calf muscles are a leading cause of plantar fasciitis. When the calf muscles are tight, they pull on the Achilles tendon, which then places strain of the plantar fascia ligament. This strain can cause injury or inflammation to develop, and thus the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Physical therapy, along with soft tissue massage, can stretch and loosen calf muscle to reduce or eliminate strain on the tendons in the foot. Sports medicine, especially combined with chiropractic care, can be very effective in treating plantar fasciitis.
The pain of plantar fasciitis can disrupt routine activities and diminish a person’s quality of life. If you would like to learn how treatment from an experienced plantar fasciitis chiropractor at Texas Injury Clinic can help you resume a more active and comfortable lifestyle, contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!