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Plantar Fasciitis & Chiro

Waking up with heel pain in the morning with those first first steps? Are you noticing irritation and a stabbing-like discomfort in the foot when you're walking or running? These are questions I want you to reflect on when thinking about seeking care, because the answer to those questions is something that is more common than you think!

That answer is likely Plantar fasciitis. This is a common condition that causes pain and discomfort in the heel and bottom of the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a very thick band of connective tissue that connects the calcaneus (heel bone) to the toes, becomes inflamed and irritated.

The causes of plantar fasciitis can vary, but most cases are related to overuse or strain to the tissue. This can occur due to activities such as running, walking or standing for long periods of time, wearing shoes with poor arch support or an inability for the foot to perform its biomechanical function (think loss of great toe mobility, the inability for the foot to mold and adapt to surfaces, or even a loss of dorsiflexion in the ankle joint). Other factors that can contribute to plantar fasciitis include obesity, high or low arches, and tight calf muscles.

So how exactly can I help you with this? I'll start with an evaluation of the foot, ankle and hip function, as well as your gait cycle, to figure out where exactly the problem is arising from. I’ll employ a variety of techniques supported by research to alleviate pain and improve function via Manual adjustments/mobilizations to the foot, ankle and hip to help to restore movement and reduce pressure on the plantar fascia. Soft tissue therapy, such as graston-style techniques and active cupping, can also help to relieve tension in the muscles/connective tissues and reduce inflammation in the affected area.

A more intensive approach is recommended for these conditions, as it tends to be stubborn, and as we work to break any poor postural/mechanical habits on your end, we don’t want to take steps backwards!

If you think this is something you are experiencing, give us a call and we will set up an evaluation and work together to get you back to doing what you love most!

Take care of you and be resilient!

Dr. P

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