Do you feel pain in your foot when you first wake up in the morning? Does it seem to feel a little better as the day goes on? Or does it just hurt all the time? If so, you could be suffering from a condition called plantar fasciitis. There is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It is called the plantar fascia. When it becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis occurs. Fortunately, Dr. Gary Martin the chiropractor in Irvine, CA can help.
Who Is at Risk for Plantar Fasciitis?
Anyone can get plantar fasciitis at any time. However, certain factors can increase your risk of developing this condition. These factors include:
- Age: This condition is most common in people between the ages of 40 and 60.
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese puts excess stress on your plantar fascia, causing the inflammation.
- Exercise: Certain types of exercise can cause this condition. Long-distance running, ballet dancing, and aerobic dancing all increase the risk.
- Occupation: If your job requires you to spend most of the day on your feet, such as a teacher, nurse, or factory worker, it can damage the plantar fascia.
- Foot mechanics: Your foot mechanics can put you at risk. If you have flat feet or a high arch, you are putting more pressure on the plantar fascia when you stand and walk.
What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
As mentioned earlier, the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain. It is a stabbing pain that occurs on the bottom of the foot near the heel, but can extend through the bottom of the foot. The pain is worse after long periods of rest. Some people don't experience pain while exercising, it often comes after.
How Is Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosed?
This condition can be diagnosed during a physical exam. First, the doctor will request a medical history and get to know a bit more about what you do for work, your exercise regimen, and the symptoms you are suffering from. The doctor will also examine the bottom of your foot to check for areas of tenderness. The location of the pain can help the doctor determine the cause. Your doctor may also need an X-ray or MRI of your foot. These imaging tests cannot detect plantar fasciitis, but it can rule out other conditions such as a stress fracture or a bone spur.
How Is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
There are a few ways that this condition can be treated.
- Chiropractic care: Chiropractor Dr. Martin can provide great relief. Specific chiropractic adjustments to the joints of the feet can help take some of the stress from the plantar fascia, allowing it to relax. The chiropractor will also have you do specific stretches to help the ligaments heal. The combination of the two treatments will not only treat the pain, but it will also reduce the inflammation.
- Cold Laser Therapy- This very gentle and effective treatment immediately decreases pain, inflammation and swelling, and promotes healing of the plantar tissues.
- Foot Orthotics- These are special shoe inserts that support the specific arches of your feet. This is crucial to the healing of your feet and to prevent recurrence of the problem. Dr. Martin is very knowledgeable and experienced in custom fitted orthotics for your specific shoes, whether it be for your dress, casual or athletic shoes.
- Proper Footwear- Just because a shoe is comfortable doesn't make it a good shoe. Dr. Martin can assess your shoes for proper fit and style that allows the plantar fascia to heal quicker.
Chiropractic Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis in Irvine
Our chiropractor Dr. Gary Martin can help if you are experiencing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. We can create a treatment plan to help relieve your pain and treat the inflammation. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (949) 559-7999.