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Feet are the foundation of the body. When there are problems with your foundation, you need to fix them. One of the most common foot conditions is called plantar fasciitis. Around 2 million Americans are dealing with this condition, making it a common problem that requires attention.
Plantar fasciitis is the swelling of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that supports the medial arch of your foot. The support is vital because it helps your entire body weight, whether you are standing still or moving. In total, there are three arches in the foot. If any of these arches fall, the plantar fasciitis will stretch to adjust to the loss of an arch. Over time, this causes pain.
Unfortunately, many Americans ignore the symptoms and discomfort until it gets to the point where the pain is debilitating, and it becomes medically necessary for it to get treated. Treating and alleviating plantar fasciitis can be done by visiting our chiropractors at Arizona Family Wellness in Glendale. They’ll give you the help you need to prevent the condition from coming back.
Over the years, the arches of your feet can naturally fall, and for some people, there is a tipping point where the fascia pulls more than the body can handle, causing pain and aches. Many things can cause plantar fasciitis, from injuries to excessive exercise. Wearing the wrong type of shoes can also affect your feet if they don’t offer enough support. Standing for extended periods or arthritis can also cause this condition to develop.
Once the pain in your foot from this condition starts to cause issues, you may begin to compensate by switching up the way you walk to help reduce pain. The issue with this is that it can lead to other problems like misalignments in other joints throughout your body.
Even when there is a small imbalance in your weight distribution, it can cause micro-tears to form in the plantar fascia. As this damage accumulates, chronic inflammation occurs, usually feeling worse in the morning. The primary causes of plantar fasciitis depend on the factors that cause tears to the plantar fascia tendon. In many cases, small tears in the tendon will cause pain when you first wake up and discomfort when you stand— severe damages in the tendon cause more complicated concerns and excruciating pain in the foot.
Different patients experience plantar fasciitis in different ways. Some may be debilitated by more severe and constant pain in their heel. Others may feel it frequently enough to be annoying or enough to impact their athletic performance.
Our chiropractors can help you by evaluating your feet, knees, and spine to determine if chiropractic care will help. Soft tissue techniques, like a myofascial release or manual muscle work, can be used. When you visit our office, we’ll address all your specific needs and recommend treatments we believe will work best for you. Give Arizona Family Wellness at Glendale a call today at (602) 536-7770.
*Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.