Plantar Fasciitis Specialist
If you feel a stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot near your heel, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. This chronic inflammation of the plantar tendon can make exercise, and even walking, unbearable. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by biomechanical issues originating in your pelvis, spine, and hips that’s effectively treated with chiropractic care. Visit Dr. Simon Forster and Dr. Brian N. Forrest at Austin Chiropractic Associates in Austin, Texas, to find out how spinal manipulation can end your heel pain.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel caused by inflammation of the connective tissue, or fascia. It may be referred to as a heel spur, or occur in conjunction with one.
Too much standing, wearing unsupportive or old shoes, repetitive stress (such as running,) a sudden increase in physical activity, weight gain, diets low in vitamin C, and age-related reduction in the amount of fat on the heel are all possible reasons you’ve developed the painful condition.
How can chiropractic help with plantar fasciitis?
Foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis, might seem an odd fit for treatment with chiropractic, but it is important to assess the mechanical system as a whole as alterations in weight distribution as a result of misalignments may be responsible for the pain. Austin Chiropractic Associates may not directly treat the damage to the affected tendons and ligaments in your foot, but the doctors can get at the source of the pain and help make appropriate mechanical corrections so that your movement patterns don’t encourage it to continue in the future.
What specific issues will a chiropractor address to alleviate plantar fasciitis?
Your posture, balance, and foot strike play a role in whether you develop plantar fasciitis. Drs. Forster and Forrest will perform a thorough biomechanical analysis as well as locally treating the foot with, for example, Graston Technique in order to effectively address the root cause of the plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis experienced more on one side than the other suggests you balance your weight unevenly as you walk or run. This may be due to weaknesses farther up the kinetic chain, for example, if you have a painful knee or hip, you may compensate and put more pressure on the foot of the unaffected side. Dr. Forster and Forrest can help rebalance and realign your body so your weight distributes more evenly with each step.
Chiropractic can also alleviate pain in your neck, shoulders, and lower back. While these may not directly affect plantar fasciitis, they will impact the way you hold stress in your body as you walk and run. Chiropractic care makes it so that your range of motion improves and running or walking feels more natural, alleviating any compensatory activity contributing to your plantar problems.