Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterized by sharp pains in the arch and heel of the foot. It often affects runners and athletes, as well as anyone who spends a large portion of the day on their feet. Chiropractic care can help alleviate pain and prevent further aggravation of injured tissue. In practice for over 20 years, Texas Injury Clinic in Fort Worth, TX, provides effective plantar fasciitis treatment, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustment, and comprehensive sports rehabilitation. We have successfully assisted patients overcome a wide variety of chronic pain conditions.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an injury of the plantar fascia ligament, which supports the arch of your foot. When the tissue is strained, it can become swollen and inflamed. This results in pain in the heel and along the bottom of your foot. There may be small tears in the ligament or in serious cases, a significant rupture.
If you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience pain in one or both feet when you first step out of bed, with some relief after you walk around. You may also notice pain when you sit, climb stairs, or stand on the tips of your toes, and increasing discomfort when you are on your feet for a period of time. Pain can be dull or sharp, but tends to worsen over time.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis most commonly occurs in people over age 40 or athletes. Running, walking, or even standing for extended periods on hard surfaces can lead to this condition. Known risk factors include:
- Gait problems, such as walking with excessive pronation, wherein body weight is supported by the inner edge of the sole
- High arches or flat feet
- Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
- Wearing ill-fitting and worn shoes
- Obesity or recent weight gain
During your first visit, our team can conduct a thorough orthopedic examination to identify the source of your condition. We can evaluate your muscle strength, tone, and balance, as well as perform reflex and range of motion tests. We can also review your gait and body structure to determine if abnormal weight distribution or walking pattern is the origin. In some cases, we may take x-rays to rule out other potential causes, such as fracture or heel spur.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Treatments for plantar fasciitis aim to correct the cause of the problem and mitigate or eliminate pain. For a recent injury, we recommend staying off your feet as much as possible. Wearing arch supports and heel-cushioning insoles can also be beneficial. Most doctors will not suggest surgery unless six to 12 months of noninvasive treatment has been ineffective.
Texas Injury Clinic is fully equipped to offer complete rehabilitative sports medicine, including soft tissue massage therapy and comprehensive physical therapy.
If you have posture issues that result in an abnormal gait, we can realign the body using chiropractic adjustments. This form of treatment can also help to add balance to your body, preventing uneven weight distribution or a tendency to roll the foot inward. Excessive pronation is seen in a significant number of patients suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Tight calf muscles can also contribute to plantar fasciitis. In this case, treatment includes stretching the two main muscles in the calf. Texas Injury Clinic is fully equipped to offer complete rehabilitative sports medicine, including soft tissue massage therapy and comprehensive physical therapy.
Take the First Step
The sooner you begin plantar fasciitis treatment, the sooner you can enjoy your favorite activities. Drs. Mark Williams, Mario Leza, and Ashley Salazar are dedicated to helping patients overcome pain and deliver individualized treatment plans. Please call our practice at (817) 624-7222 or contact us online today to schedule your consultation.