What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. The calf muscle becomes the Achilles tendon, running over the heel and into the bottom of the foot becoming the plantar fascia. Inflammation can be due to injury, overuse, altered foot biomechanics and footwear, and obesity. A large majority of the general population can experience plantar fasciitis throughout their lifetime, however; it is particularly common in runners.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain (especially first thing in the morning)
- Calf tightness
- Burning along the bottom of the foot
- Difficulty walking barefoot
What can be done to help?
Conservative treatment of plantar fasciitis can include chiropractic adjustments, laser, acupuncture, soft tissue massage, taping, stretching, night splints, and orthotics. More invasive interventions such as injection therapy and surgery are also options in some cases.
Here at Miller Sports & Family Chiropractic, we offer a variety of services to help treat plantar fasciitis pain.
- Chiropractic adjustments of the foot and ankle have been shown to help the plantar fascia move with more flexibility and mobility, decreasing pain.
- Laser treatment targets the plantar fascia at a cellular level which encourages blood supply and nutrients to flood the area, decreasing inflammation, and increasing range of motion.
- Soft tissue massage, stretching, and home exercises are all great options to encourage those muscles to relax and calm that inflammation down.
- Custom orthotics to help support your individual foot biomechanics
- Kinesiology tape (KT tape) can help reduce inflammation and provide flexible stability
Miller is here to help
Dr. Miller and Dr. Murdock will evaluate your condition and decide what methods are best to treat your specific case because after all, we all want you to just feel better! Contact us to schedule an appointment today be on your way to feeling pain-free.