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Plantar Fasciitis affects over 2 million Americans each year and is associated with pain in the bottom of one or both feet caused by irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia. It is often classified as burning, stabbing, or even aching pain most commonly in the heel or arch of the foot. The pain is felt most often with the first step of the day or when arising after being sedentary. The plantar fascia is dense bands of fibrous tissue connecting the heel to the toes helping to support the arch of the foot. When the fascia gets irritated, inflamed, or suffers tears in it then pain occurs.
There are many causes for plantar fasciitis some which are: wearing old worn-out shoes with thin soles, wearing shoes with little to no arch support, wearing flip flops, having flat feet or high arches, wearing high heels, having tight calves or Achilles tendons, or abnormal foot position or gait. Many times, athletes suffer from this condition due to the high stress placed on the foot with running, jumping, or other strenuous repetitive activities. Age can also increase your risk for getting plantar fasciitis. As we age, tissues tend to become weaker and more prone to damage. Although men suffer from this condition women are more commonly affected.
The doctors at Denton Chiropractic Center will evaluate, diagnose, and treat your plantar fasciitis. They will choose the treatment that will help you heal the quickest including using exercises to stretch and strengthen your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and lower leg muscles. Your Chiropractor may also use myofascial massage, adjustments, muscle stimulation, or ultrasound to help with long-term healing. Conservative treatments are usually all that is required when this condition is caught early enough, however if left untreated it will often cause heel spurs. Again, prolonging treatment for plantar fasciitis will cause the condition to become worse. In some cases, a mild aching can evolve into a chronic problem. Another common problem is a change in your gait to avoid pain during movement. Because of these involuntary changes in the foot's mechanics, it can cause knee, hip, or back pain to develop.
Call the Professional Doctors at Denton Chiropractic Center 940-566-3232 to begin relief today!