What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Do you feel burning or stabbing pain in your feet when you first walk on them in the morning? If so, you may have a common condition called plantar fasciitis. This syndrome results from inflammation of the connective tissue that runs from the heel of the foot to the base of the toes.
The plantar fascia is designed to be a shock absorber and transfer weight effectively across the bottom of your foot. If the muscles of the foot and/or pelvis are misaligned or not functioning properly, the connective tissue can become inflamed with excessive standing or repetitious activity. The pain tends to be worse first thing in the morning because the fascia contracts at night. Gradually the pain will lessen as the fascia slowly stretches out with movement throughout the day.
The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Treatment
There are many types of treatment for plantar fasciitis. Physicians will typically prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or corticosteroid injections. However chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound, acupuncture and medical massage are also extremely effective methods of treatment. Not only do these alternative treatments help to correct the underlying orthopedic problems, but they also significantly help reduce pain and inflammation. Applying ice to the area of inflammation and consistently doing specific stretches are both extremely important protocol to follow as well.
Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
There are many ways to avoid the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis. Foremost it’s important to do warm-up stretches before any workout or activity. This will make your muscles less prone to injury. Also be sure to wear shoes that offer proper support for your feet. Maintaining a healthy weight will help reduce impact on your feet as well. And lastly, have routine chiropractic adjustments done to avoid having orthopedic problems sneak up and wreak havoc on your busy life.