Leaping out of bed in the morning should be a pleasant sensation -- but for many individuals, it's a painful way to start the day. A connective tissue inflammation known as plantar fasciitis can make standing and walking intensely uncomfortable, especially if you have to spend long hours on your feet every day. In many cases, an underlying musculoskeletal imbalance is the culprit behind your misery.
If you are experiencing foot pain, swelling, and/or discomfort, make an appointment to start on the road to relief. Our chiropractors have established an effective treatment protocol for plantar fasciitis, Dr. Kathleen Sherwoodm Dr. Richard Cohen and Dr. Jacob Minor, provide natural, drug-free foot pain and swelling relief by employing chiropractic adjustments, orthotics recommendations, exercises, and other lifestyle modifications.
Background on Plantar Fasciitis
The foot discomfort you're feeling occurs in a band of tough connective tissue called the plantar fascia. This tissue stretches from the front underside of the foot to the heel. Its job is to support the medial arch, the largest of your foot's three arches. Your feet need all the help they can get, because they're tasked with supporting the entire weight of your body, not just when you're standing still but also as you walk, run, jump or dance. Excessive strain on this tissue can create small tears in it, which causes the body to respond by producing inflammation. You usually feel this pain most keenly when you walk around after a long period off of your feet, such as first thing in the morning or getting up in the middle of the night.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can be aggravated by a variety of factors, including congenitally "flat feet," high heels or other footwear that provides inadequate arch support, a sports injury or obesity. But it's also frequently associated with a misaligned body. If your spine and weight-bearing joints aren't lined up correctly, unequal stresses are placed on these areas -- and that uneven weight distribution is transferred to the feet. That's where your plantar fasciitis doctor can step in to provide much-needed chiropractic care and other natural solutions.
If you live in the Atlanta or Decatur area, our doctors at Sherwood Chiropractic Center can determine whether your body is off balance by performing careful postural evaluations and spinal screenings. We can also examine your feet to see whether the physical imbalance is actually occurring "from the bottom up." Questions about your lifestyle, footwear, medical history and symptoms help make the proper recommendations for treatment. These may include:
- Chiropractic adjustment - These correct the misalignments placing abnormal stress on your feet. Our plantar fasciitis doctors in Atlanta can also administer extremity adjustments to correct joint alignment issues within the feet themselves.
- Orthotics - We may prescribe the use of orthotic footwear to help low arches receive the extra help they need for proper bodily support.
- Lifestyle changes - Our team can advise you on smart lifestyle changes that support foot wellness, from wearing different shoes to losing excess weight.
We can help you put an end to your plantar fasciitis!
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