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Get Plantar Fasciitis Treatment with Our Columbus Chiropractor
If you suffer from chronic heel pain that intensifies when you get up in the morning, stand for a long time or if you place pressure on the heel, you may have plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the plantar fascia. A fibrous, dense band of connective soft tissue supporting the arch of your foot and enabling you to walk properly. Overstretching or overusing the plantar fascia repeatedly can lead to painful, inflamed tissue that does not respond to rest, ibuprofen or ice packs. To diagnose and develop an appropriate treatment plan for plantar fascia, your chiropractor in Columbus GA will examine the affected foot to determine exactly where pain exists, assess the curvature of your arches and ask you to describe your symptoms in detail. Your chiropractor may want x-rays of your foot to rule out other conditions.
Are You at Risk for Plantar Fasciitis?
People who most often visit their GA chiropractor for plantar fasciitis treatment usually present one or more of the following conditions:
- Foot pronation (walking with a roll or inward twist to the foot)
- Obesity or sudden weight gain
- Achilles tendon/calf muscle tightness or strain
- Are in middle to late stage pregnancy
Certain activities or habits will also increase your risk for developing plantar fasciitis. For example, if you wear shoes without proper cushioning, run or jog before warming up muscles, walk frequently on concrete or participate regularly in repetitive sports (soccer, basketball, football), you could worsen inflamed tissue problems in your feet that is eventually diagnosed as plantar fasciitis by your chiropractor in Columbus.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Pain in the heel that intensifies after you put pressure on your foot is often the first sign of plantar fasciitis. Sharp pain in the bottom of your foot that worsens when you bend your toes or flex your foot towards your knee is another symptom. Plantar fasciitis does not cause pain overnight. Instead, it is a slowly developing, musculoskeletal disorder often misinterpreted as simple strain. Consequently, most people do not seek treatment from their GA chiropractor to prevent deterioration of the plantar fascia. Unfortunately, this results in worsening foot pain and difficulty walking.
Plantar Fasciitis Pain Relief with Chiropractic Treatment
Active release technique (ART) is a specialized mode of massage therapy that dissolves fibrous lesions causing foot pain due to plantar fasciitis. ART involves your GA chiropractor applying hands-on stretching and kneading motions to de-centralize and break up lesions. During active release therapy, you are responsible for telling your chiropractor whether these massaging motions are relieving foot pain, worsening foot pain or having no effect on your pain. You will also be taught how to perform at-home exercises involving calf and toe stretches to encourage elimination of fibrous lesions and improve your foot's range of motion.
Plantar fasciitis treatment with our Columbus chiropractor may also include splinting and taping of your foot and heel, cold laser therapy and chiropractic foot adjustments. Call Health First Family Chiropractic, P.C. today to schedule an appointment: 706-576-9844.