Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in the United States. A shocking 83% of active adults between the ages of 25 and 65 experience this condition; about 2 million people per year. While middle-aged people are most prone to it, it can happen to anyone; 10% of runners suffer from plantar fasciitis. When it comes to managing the pain and ultimately, healing from the condition, there are a variety of options. Chiropractic care not only stands out as a very effective treatment and pain reliever for plantar fasciitis, it can also be used alongside other treatment options as part of an overall treatment plan. We’re going to dive into the reasons that chiropractic care is ideal for treating plantar fasciitis, but first let’s talk about what it is.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that presents when the ligament that connects your toes to your heel – called the plantar fascia – becomes inflamed, swollen, and weak. When this happens, the tissue can develop very small tears, resulting in the characteristic sharp or stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot or heel associated with the condition. The pain happens when a person is walking or standing and is typically more intense after a period of rest such as sleeping or sitting for a long time.
Why chiropractic care is ideal for healing plantar fasciitis
What I see consistently with plantar fasciitis is the foot’s inability to have a full muscle recruitment with each step. Perhaps a neurological pattern changed resulting less muscles being recruited with each step. The foot will then pronate (go inward) more than it had been. This motion causes the arch to elongate more than it had been and stress is now put into the plantar fascia. Done repeatedly, an injury occurs at the weakest point which is the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone and inflammation sets in and takes up camp. Correcting that neurological pattern is explained in this video.
Chiropractors are trained to use a specific type of adjustment for the feet and ankles along with spinal alignment that is ideal for healing and relieving pain from plantar fasciitis. Chiropractors may also provide advice for stretches, exercises and lifestyle changes that can support the healing process.
Chiropractic adjustments are very effective at healing and reducing the pain caused by plantar fasciitis because the targeted care reduces the stress on the plantar fascia. As the plantar fascia begins to relax, the foot can start the healing process. The best part about chiropractic foot adjustments and spinal alignment for plantar fasciitis is that they provide long-lasting pain relief throughout the healing process. As the spine is brought back into alignment, the brain and nerves are better able to communicate, which allows the central nervous system to operate more efficiently.
Another big benefit of chiropractic care for plantar fasciitis is that chiropractors use a “whole body” approach to healing. Because people with plantar fasciitis often change their gait to avoid pain while they walk, other parts of the body are likely to experience stress and strain. Chiropractors are best equipped to help people avoid additional discomfort from back and hip pain as they keep the body aligned to support proper posture and walking form.
Chiropractic adjustments for plantar fasciitis are great on their own, but they can also be very useful in combination with other types of treatments such as massage, physical therapy, and injections, if they are recommended by your doctor.
While recovery from plantar fasciitis doesn’t happen overnight, chiropractic care is one of the best ways to heal quickly from this painful condition. When you choose chiropractic care, you will get the support you need to manage your pain and get back to enjoying your life as soon as possible while decreasing your chances of another flare-up.
Eliminate Pain Fast with Noble Chiropractic
Noble Chiropractic was founded in 2006 by Bellingham Chiropractor Dr. Steve Noble to bring pain relief to Whatcom County residents. After a bike accident in 2001 left him in intense pain and psychological distress, he sought help from many people, including his chiropractor. He was able to make a complete recovery! That experience gave him insight into other people’s pain and was a big driver in starting his practice. Said Dr. Noble, “Typically when one is in pain, they are not at their best. Pain is a limiter and when that limitation interferes with everyday experiences, I want to help clear that for anyone who walks through my door seeking my help from pain.”
At Noble Chiropractic, we work to deliver an experience that goes well beyond basic expectations. Patients get one of the most unique health care experiences out there today. You will move past pain fast; gaining strength and confidence in your body in the process, so you can get back to having fun! Through personalized care, energy healing and our gentle Torque Release Technique, asymmetries in the body are corrected. Our patients see a significant improvement in the function of their body and overall wellness.
We create a plan with a beginning and an end point with expectations of where you should be at certain points in the plan. All costs are stated up front so there is nothing hidden and no surprises. Want to eliminate your pain fast? Click here to request an appointment today.