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Posted on 08-04-2017

How Chiropractic Helps with Plantar Fasciitis: Your Birmingham Chiropractor Can Help

Since 1982, Gremmels Chiropractic Center has provided exceptional service to patients with a wide variety of pain. When you come in to see your Birmingham chiropractor, Dr. Kent Gremmels or Dr. Carroll, you'll receive exceptional care and one-on-one support so you can live pain-free. This is true for many people suffering from plantar fasciitis. If you believe you have this condition and do not want to rely on pain medications to soothe your foot pain, contact us first.

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What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from the top of your foot to your heel along the bottom of the foot. This connective tissue helps your foot to move, bend, and step. In some situations, it can become irritated, often causing pain that doesn't go away. Plantar fasciitis is the term used to describe this type of pain. Often focused in the heel area, this type of pain is often intense.

The condition is brought on by stress and strain on the plantar fascia. This is very common in people who run a lot. It is also common in those who are overweight or those who wear shoes without proper support. In these instances, the normal job of the plantar fascia, to absorb shock like a bowstring to provide support, cannot be done properly. The tension and stress on the tissue is simply too much, causing it to become inflamed and irritated.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Those suffering from plantar fasciitis will often have several symptoms including:

  • A stabbing pain that is on the bottom of the foot. Most commonly, it is located near the heel.
  • The pain is worse with the initial steps taken and can improve with more walking.
  • The pain generally is worse after exercising or moving the foot significantly, not during the activity.

Individuals who display these symptoms should seek out care from a trusted and experienced plantar fasciitis chiropractor for treatment.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment from Your Chiropractor

The first step towards plantar fasciitis treatment is to schedule a consultation with your chiropractor. You'll receive a full physical exam and x-rays in some cases. Our goal is to find out where the cause of the pain is. From there, we can offer a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses each area of concern you have. The following are some treatment options we offer.

Corrective Exercises and Rehabilitation

One of the most important first steps is to work with our team to strengthen and encourage healing of the plantar fascia. Physical therapy through corrective exercises can accomplish that. We'll teach you exercises that work to stretch out this band of tissues and to build muscle strength in the calf muscles. This helps to provide more stabilization to the bottom of the foot.

Chiropractic Adjustments

In some situations, poor posture and spinal column alignment can impact the way you walk, stressing this band of tissues as a result. If we note any concerns with this, we'll recommend chiropractic adjustments to correct the underlying cause of the pain.

Massage Therapy

Another holistic component of treatment we offer is massage therapy. Here, we can stimulate the body's natural ability to heal in that area by increasing blood flow. This helps to reduce inflammation and speeds the body's body to restore overall function.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Birmingham Chiropractor

If you believe you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or other types of heel pain, contact your Birmingham chiropractor in our office for an appointment. We're here to help you. Call 205-854-3008.

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