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 planters. 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.
The issue that causes plantar fasciitis
The force of acceleration, when the foot strikes the ground, must be controlled by the muscles supporting the foot. When control is lost by these muscles the responsibility for decelerating these forces goes to the plantar fascia. Unfortunately, the plantar fascia does a poor job decelerating the force from foot strike. It does such a poor job at decelerating those forces it starts to tear….eventually creating pain. If this keeps going with no correction and, say the person keeps running, the dreadful and much tougher to manage bone spur can appear. Ouch.
When the muscles of the foot can’t control the force of the acceleration from the foot strike an injury to the plantar fascia can occur. Then to correct it the foot has to be able to control that force. Simple. And well it actually is for me. By eliminating the delay that exists in the muscle that control the foot the muscles respond immediately…upon foot strike with a higher level of muscle recruitment. Big deal here. Faster response…easier control of the force….no injury. I correct this in our Performance Lab.
What’s this ‘delay’ talk?
Delay is akin to slack in a chain between two cars. If the leading car accelerates too fast without first taking up the slack the trailing car either gets jerked pretty hard or the chain or something else gets damaged. Or all of these. If the trailing car move exactly when the lead car moves no damage occurs, etc.
Correction to the foot occurs when delay is removed from the muscle firing pattern that controls the foot. When I assess a patient in a dynamic setting, that delay shows up in two ways: 1) patient is unable to hold and resist certain movements of the foot due to delay and poor muscle recruitment and 2) they will be unable to have control on the balance board challenges. Less movement of the board in the following video equates to less delay and greater muscle recruitment, and this results in less acceleration or force into your PF when out running. We have effectively taken the slack out of the chain so now the cars move together at once with acceleration of the lead car removing the risk of the chain breaking, etc. This is how correction occurs. True correction. Now the tissue can actually start to heal up.
Eliminate Pain and Gain Strength 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.
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