Over 50% of American adults currently suffer from heel pain, and much of that pain is caused by plantar fasciitis. This condition is progressive and can leave patients with debilitating pain if it is untreated and allowed to worsen.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thin ligament that runs from your heel to the front of your foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when your arch starts to drop and the plantar fascia stretches and moves more than it should or in ways that it shouldn’t. Small tears form in the plantar fascia and inflammation occurs. If your heels have bone spurs or calcium build-up, these pointed protrusions can be pushed into the pad of your heel as you place pressure on your foot, causing even more pain. However, often the spurs are a result, not a cause of the pain.
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are immediately apparent—heel pain after standing up in the morning, sitting for a while or standing for an extended period of time. However, end of day pain, or increased pain as the day goes on, is common too. The plantar fascia can become irritated as a result of repetitive motions like running, walking or aerobics. Weight gain can also cause the inflammation and pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
There are a number of standard treatments for plantar fasciitis with varying success. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Resting your feet as much as possible. Take time off from the gym and sit down whenever possible at work. Avoid standing on hard surfaces.
- If you have swelling, put ice on your heels at least once a day. OTC pain relievers offer little help, offering only temporary relief at best.
- Work with your doctor to learn toe stretches, towel stretches and calf stretches. Practice them a few times a day and work slowly to stretch the muscles.
- Wear shoes that have orthotics. Shoes with a flat insole can make plantar fasciitis more severe.
- We have a proven protocol for effectively stopping the pain and preventing its return.
K-Laser Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis at Lewis Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center
The K-Laser is an FDA-approved laser that helps to accelerate your body’s healing process. The K-Laser also stimulates your body into producing more natural pain-relieving substances. K-Laser treatment can make a radical difference in the comfort and health of adults suffering from plantar fasciitis through lowering pain levels and encouraging the body to heal the plantar fascial tears. A 2015 study of patients with chronic plantar fasciitis demonstrated that patients who received laser therapy experienced less heel pain and had greater healing progress than those who received a placebo treatment or cortisone injections. We combine chiropractic care for your foot, along with K-Laser Therapy and high quality custom orthotics to support the arch.
Partner with Lewis Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center
If you are ready to effectively treat your plantar fasciitis and increase your daily comfort levels, schedule a free introduction to K-Laser and a chat with our doctor. We are currently the only chiropractic office in Carroll County, and one of the few in the state of Maryland, that have the equipment to offer this revolutionary therapy. We are privileged to change the lives of our patients every day with this successful therapeutic protocol and look forward to seeing your name listed on our testimonials page in the future.