In the springtime, people tend to flock outside wit their families, friends and pets to soak up some sunshine and have some fun. The dawn of spring is often a relief for many because it represents a fresh start, particularly when it comes to their exercise routines. So what happens, then, when you lace up your running shoes with the intention of hitting the trail, only to be met with a stabbing pain in your heel?
One of the most likely causes of your pain is plantar fasciitis, a very painful and very common injury due to overuse of the ligaments in your foot. When this pain hits, it can be enough to make people not want to walk around the house, let alone get up and exercise. But you don’t have to let this pain stop you.
At Ideal Spine, we make sure patients know that chiropractic care doesn’t just affect the spine. Through a few regular chiropractic adjustments and exercises, you can feel the difference in your feet and possibly even prevent the issue from happening later.
What causes the foot pain?
A ligament called the plantar fascia runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your toe to your heel. The plantar fascia absorbs shock and helps support your foot as you walk, but tension can build, particularly when you are on your feet for long periods of time. With too much tension, small tears may appear, and the fascia might become inflamed, causing a sharp pain.
Foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis is often experienced while walking or standing for a while, or immediately after waking up. While this condition could happen to anyone, it is more likely to occur and return in people who stand or walk all day. It’s especially common in athletes, such as runners and dancers, or in professionals who work while standing up for long hours each day.
As a side effect of the foot pain, people with plantar fasciitis are more likely to adjust their gait while walking to avoid feeling discomfort, which can stress other parts of the body such as muscles or joints and lead to injury.
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Of those suffering from plantar fasciitis on a regular basis, it is likely that very few would think chiropractic could have any effect on foot pain whatsoever. In reality, chiropractic is an excellent way to treat plantar fasciitis and can promote whole-body health in the process.
When you visit a chiropractor, they will make adjustments to your feet, ankles and spine to reduce pain and relieve the pressure on the plantar fascia. As soon as the pressure is relieved, the ligament can begin to heal, which may take a few weeks.
By targeting the feet, ankle and the alignment in the spine, chiropractors seek out the root of the problem and avoid merely treating the symptoms. These adjustments can also help prevent injury to the back, joints, and muscles that might have been stretched or over-worked due to an abnormal gait. The result is often a healthier and happier patient who does not return with the same problems over and over.
Ideal Spine uses the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) method of care to help chiropractors serve patients to the fullest extent possible. Visit a CBP trained chiropractor for help with your plantar fasciitis and get back outside this spring.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.