Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The condition affects the flat band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. This tissue, known as the plantar fascia, supports the arch of the foot. Straining the plantar fascia causes it to get weak, swollen and irritated.
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is foot pain that is worst during the first few steps after getting out of bed or after sitting in a chair for a while. This pain can be quite acute – some people report it as a “stabbing” pain. Stiffness sometimes accompanies the discomfort. Pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis often fades after the first few steps; it may return later in the day.
Many factors can irritate the plantar fascia ligament to cause plantar fasciitis. Repeated strain to the ligament can cause tiny tears in the tissue, which lead to swelling and pain. Repeated strain and tears are more likely for individuals whose feet roll inwards when they walk, also known as pronation. Having high arches or flat feet, being overweight, or walking, standing or running for a long time can also cause the condition. Having tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles may increase the risk for plantar fasciitis, as can wearing shoes that fit poorly or are worn out.
Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of plantar fasciitis, including:
- Age: Most common between the ages of 40 and 60 years
- Certain types of exercise: Activities like long-distance running or dancing, which place stress on the plantar fascia ligament
- Foot mechanics: Being flatfooted or having high arches
- Obesity: Excess weight puts pressure on the plantar fascia
- Occupation: Jobs, such as teaching or factory work, which requires workers to be on their feet
Ignoring plantar fasciitis can cause it to become a chronic problem, causing pain that can prevent someone from going to work or enjoying other activities. Letting plantar fasciitis go untreated can even lead to other foot, knee, hip and back problems because the condition changes the way you walk.
Chiropractor in Bossier City, LA Treats Plantar Fasciitis
Our chiropractor in Bossier City, LA offers treatment for plantar fasciitis. The goals of treatment are to relieve inflammation and pain, promote healing, and improve strength and flexibility of the foot to prevent plantar fasciitis from returning.
Chiropractic care alleviates inflammation and pain. Corrective prescribed by our chiropractor improve strength and gently stretch tight muscles and ligaments. The exercises prescribed by our chiropractor can also reduce prontation to reduce the chances that plantar fasciitis will return.
Most people recover from plantar fasciitis without the need for risky surgery or dangerous pain pill, particularly if they are under the care of a chiropractor.
Give Your Feet the Relief the Need and Contact Us Today
If you are tired of foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis, make an appointment with our chiropractor in Bossier City, LA. Our doctors at Bossier Chiropractor Diagnostic & Treatment Center have the expertise and tools necessary to diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis. Bossier Chiropractor Diagnostic & Treatment Center is located at 3018 Old Minden Rd Suite 1203 in Bossier City, LA. Make your appointment today by calling 318-747-5855.