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plantar fasciitis and foot pain relief, ncPlantar Fasciitis Relief and Foot Pain Relief - We Can Help

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. Bailey Chiropractic Centre of High Point, NC can help you with plantar fasciitis pain and discomfort. If you are suffering from foot pain, contact us at our High Point, NC office today to schedule your a visit with our chiropractor, Dr. Bailey.


Plantar Fasciitis - Causes, Incidence and Risk Factors

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused. This can cause pain in your foot and make walking more difficult.

Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches)

  • Obesity or sudden weight gain

  • Long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces

  • Sudden weight gain

  • Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)

  • Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles

Plantar fasciitis most often affects active men ages 40 - 70. It is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot. Plantar fasciitis is commonly thought of as being caused by a heel spur, but research has found that this is not the case. On x-ray, heel spurs are seen in people with and without plantar fasciitis.


Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The most common complaint is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp. The bottom of the foot may also ache or burn. The pain is usually worse:

  • In the morning when you take your first steps

  • After standing or sitting for a while

  • When climbing stairs

  • After intense activity

The pain associated with plantar fasciitis may develop slowly over time, or suddenly after intense activity. Chiropractic can help with plantar fasciitis.


Signs and Tests for Plantar Fasciitis

The chiropractor will perform a physical exam for plantar fasciitis. The chiropractic exam may show:

  • Tenderness on the bottom of your foot

  • Flat feet or high arches

  • Mild foot swelling or redness

  • Stiffness or tightness of the arch in the bottom of your foot.

Chiropractic X-rays may be taken to rule out other problems, but having a heel spur is not significant.


foot pain relif in high point, ncPlantar Fasciitis Treatment

Your chiropractor will usually first recommend:

  • A chiropractic examination and adjustment
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to reduce pain and inflammation

  • Heel stretching exercises

  • Resting as much as possible for at least a week

  • Wearing shoes with good support and cushions

Other steps to relieve pain associated with plantar fasciitis include:

  • Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 - 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.

  • Try wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or shoe inserts.

  • Use night splints to stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal.

If these treatments do not work, your chiropractor may recommend:

  • Wearing a boot cast, which looks like a ski boot, for 3-6 weeks. It can be removed for bathing.

  • Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics)

  • Steroid shots or injections into the heel

In a few patients, nonsurgical treatment does not work. Surgery to release the tight tissue becomes necessary.


Expectations (prognosis) of Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractic treatments almost always improve the pain. Most patients feel relief from plantar fasciitis with their first chiropractic visit.


Prevention and Plantar Fasciitis

Making sure your ankle, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles are flexible can help prevent plantar fasciitis.


Contacting Bailey Chiropractic Centre of High Point, NC

Contact us today if you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis and we can schedule you for a chiropractic examination.


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