Understanding Plantar Fasciitis
Aches and pains can interfere with every moment of life, especially when they come with every step you take. If you have noticed pain in your heel when you walk or stand, this can be a sign of plantar fasciitis. At Ponte Vedra Wellness Center, we will work with you to assess the cause of your plantar fasciitis and create a personalized treatment plan unique to your needs. Our chiropractic care will help naturally reduce your foot pain or discomfort and prevent it from reoccurring.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Beneath the skin of the foot is a fibrous band called the plantar fascia that connects the front of the foot to the heel. It supports the arch of the foot and all the general activities of your day. Sometimes, the band becomes inflamed due to excess pressure. The pressure often tears the tissues and causes a lot of heel pain. This is known as plantar fasciitis.
There is not always one specific factor that causes plantar fasciitis, but some common risk factors include:
- Continual impact activities, such as running or playing sports
- Beginning new physical activities, such as a new exercise
- Being more active than usual
- Very high arches
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain near the heel on the bottom of the foot. However, this pain occurs at particular times. For example, your foot may not hurt during exercise. However, after a workout, you might feel intense pain.
Some people experience pain after periods of rest. After getting out of bed each morning or taking long car rides, for instance, there is pain. However, after walking for a few minutes, it subsides or lessens. The pain can also travel up the leg and throughout the lower extremities, making it painful to move at all. If plantar fasciitis is not treated, you can find yourself experiencing chronic pain.
Rest and Ice
While your plantar fascia is inflamed, you should rest your foot. Putting weight on it can make the inflammation even worse. While you’re resting, you can use an ice pack or an ice bath for your heel. Doing this several times a day can help the inflammation go down much faster.
Chiropractic care works to understand and treat the root cause of a condition rather than just alleviating its symptoms. Once we have thoroughly assessed your plantar fasciitis, our chiropractors will create a treatment plan made up of various non-invasive methods. We often recommend specific stretches and exercises to strengthen your muscles and provide pain relief. We also offer chiropractic adjustments on your feet and lower extremities. These adjustments help take the pressure off of the bottom of your feet and help your body to heal.
Massage therapy is beneficial because it loosens up the muscles. It also promotes stretching and lengthening of the muscles. Massaging the feet and legs can loosen up these muscles and improve blood flow and circulation to the affected areas. Improved circulation is critical because it allows the body to heal itself with its own nutrients. You should see a significant decline in inflammation as a result.
Contact Us for Pain Relief Treatment in Nocatee or Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Don’t let pain control your life. Make an appointment with our professional staff at Ponte Vedra Wellness Center today. If you are looking for pain relief, our Nocatee and Ponte Vedra Beach locations are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation or to learn more about the services we offer.