Plantar Fasciitis

Paladin Chiropractic -  - Chiropractor

Paladin Chiropractic

Chiropractors located in Winter Park, FL

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel discomfort in adults. Brandon Orsino, DC, Michael Rodriguez, DC, and the chiropractic team at Paladin Chiropractic, understand how painful plantar fasciitis can be. That’s why they offer several nonsurgical treatments at their state-of-the-art office in Winter Park, Florida. With the right type of treatment, you can stand, walk, and run without pain. Call Paladin Chiropractic or schedule a visit online now to learn more.

Plantar Fascitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis a painful condition caused by the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. This band, called a fascia, supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shock when you put weight on your feet. When it becomes injured or inflamed, the plantar fascia can cause chronic heel pain.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is overstretching the fascia in your foot. Repeated stress on your heel ultimately leads to tiny tears in the fascia, which causes pain and inflammation. 

You may be at risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Wear high-heels often
  • Are between the ages of 40 and 60
  • Stand for much of the day
  • Wear shoes with thin soles
  • Have an unusual foot walking position
  • Have flat feet or high arches
  • Are a woman

If you are at risk of plantar fasciitis, stretching your feet before and after exercise, choosing shoes with good support, and avoiding walking on hard surfaces barefoot can help prevent this painful condition.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

If the Paladin Chiropractic team suspects you have plantar fasciitis, they will perform a full examination of your feet, ankles, and calves. When they do this, they’re checking for signs of tight calves, high arches, and more to rule out other conditions.

While a plantar fasciitis is fairly straightforward diagnosis if you are also experiencing targeted heel pain and tight calves, the Paladin Chiropractic team may recommend an X-ray to gather additional information.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The type of plantar fasciitis treatment that the Paladin Chiropractic team uses depends entirely on your symptoms, level of pain, and activity levels. Some of the most common treatments they recommend are:

Orthotics

Paladin Chiropractic uses the Foot Levelers Kiosk® scanner to gather important information about your foot and alignment of your body. When you stand on the scanning machine, it creates a 3D image of your foot that helps the team determine exactly where you need support. Using this highly accurate information, the team can create a pair of orthotics that meets your unique needs.

Physical therapy

Certain stretches and exercises can help stretch the plantar fascia and strengthen your lower leg muscles to stabilize your foot and ankle.

Night splints

A night splint is a device that stretches the calf and arch of the foot while you sleep to reduce pain and pressure on your heel.

Soft tissue mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization is a hands-on form of therapy that breaks up painful adhesions in your affected tissues to improve muscle function and reduce pain.

Without treatment, plantar fasciitis can make simple activities, like walking, feel like a chore. To relieve foot pain improve mobility, call Paladin Chiropractic or schedule an appointment online.