Imagine waking up in the morning to sharp, pulsating pain that runs through the bottom of your foot, near the heel. What seems like a temporary inconvenience turns into a persistent issue that prevents you from comfortably walking from one point to another. If you have experienced this situation, you may be wondering what it means?
Individuals who suffer from pain that’s located near the heel of their foot often refers to a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition where the ligaments that travel across the length of the sole to the heel becomes irritated and inflamed.
This condition is often caused by repetitive strain and is common among running enthusiasts, those who are considered to be overweight or obese, and those who regularly wear inappropriate footwear. Because this condition causes pain and increases the sensitivity of your foot, walking and other basic activities often become difficult to perform.
Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis can easily be diagnosed by an experienced chiropractor during a standard examination. Using state-of-the-art imaging devices such as an X-ray or an ultrasound, a chiropractor can understand whether a heel spur is also present. These devices can also inform you as to whether there are other contributing factors that are causing you pain, such as a fracture or a tumor.
Chiropractic Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
When approaching this condition, a chiropractor will often look to address existing inflammation first. Both the pain and swelling can be treated with temperature therapy or a local ice massage. If necessary or requested, light over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can be taken.
Depending on the extent and severity of the condition, physical therapy and stretching exercises may be recommended to prevent plantar fasciitis from developing again. For those who are avid runners, you can reduce the irritation of the inflamed tissues by selecting shoes that provide soft, well cushioned soles. You may want to consider adding orthotics to your sneakers to help reduce pressure on the plantar fascia.
If you currently suffer from plantar fasciitis or another chronic condition that is causing you pain, contact AICA Atlanta to schedule an appointment with one of our Atlanta chiropractors. We can help you overcome your pain without exposing you to unnatural or invasive solutions. Dial (404) 889-8828 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about our approach to treating plantar fasciitis or to arrange a same-day examination.