Our Team Can Help You Overcome Plantar Fasciitis
Individuals who experience sharp heel pain when they get out of bed in the morning or after long periods of standing may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the bottom of the foot. Rather than suffering daily, seek treatment from the team of professionals at Effective Integrative Healthcare. We care for patients at our offices in Crofton and Millersville, MD, and we would be happy to relieve your pain. Our experts specialize in chiropractic care, functional medicine, and acupuncture, all of which can be used to help overcome plantar fasciitis. Call us today to learn more about the condition, its causes and symptoms, and ways we can treat it.
Understanding Plantar Fasciitis
Among the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It results from inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. Typically, sufferers experience shooting pain in their ankles as soon as they get out of bed. The pain usually subsides after walking around for a while, but it may return after long periods of standing or when you stand after sitting for an extended time. This cycle will get frustrating before long. Seek treatment from Effective Integrative Healthcare so that you can return to your regular routine without pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shock when you walk or run. But tension and stress can create small tears in the tissue. Over time, the constant stretching and tearing will cause inflammation. There is no singular cause of plantar fasciitis, but risk factors for the condition include:
- Age – The condition is most common among adults between the ages of 40 and 60.
- Exercise – Runners are at a higher risk for developing plantar fasciitis because of the stress they put on their heels and feet. Aerobic and ballet dancers are also at an increased risk.
- Excess Standing – Those who work occupations that require long periods of standing or walking may develop plantar fasciitis.
- Foot Mechanics – Individuals with flat feet, high arches, or abnormal gaits can put added stress on the plantar fascia because of unusual weight distribution.
- Obesity – Excess weight will cause stress to your plantar fascia.
Recognizing Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
The most apparent symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. The condition can manifest itself in the form of sharp, stabbing pain on the underside of your foot or tenderness along your arch. Not all heel pain can be attributed to plantar fasciitis, but seek treatment from Effective Integrative Healthcare if your pain is prevalent:
- With your first steps of the day
- After standing for a long time
- When standing after sitting for extended periods
- Following intense physical activity
- Climbing stairs
- When walking barefoot or in shoes without adequate support
We Offer Comprehensive Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
The medical experts at Effective Integrative Healthcare are adept at using the Graston Technique® to treat all types of soft tissue injuries, including plantar fasciitis. It is an innovative manual therapy that alleviates patients’ pain and improves their mobility. The Graston Technique® involves using specialized stainless-steel instruments to scrape or massage the skin gently. This allows our specialists to identify and treat the scar tissue that is limiting your movement and causing discomfort. In addition to using our tools to identify areas of scar tissue, we can use them to break it apart. This will increase blood flow and activate nerve receptors. Eventually, you will require little to no anti-inflammatory medication and will recover quicker following exercise. We can also treat plantar fasciitis through strengthening exercises, physical therapy, and orthotics.
How to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis
Once your foot feels better following plantar fasciitis treatment, you will want to take steps to avoid a recurrence. There are several lifestyle changes you can make to ensure foot pain is a thing of the past. If you are overweight, shedding excess pounds will alleviate added pressure that could cause plantar fasciitis flare-ups. To lose weight, we recommend focusing on low-impact exercises such as swimming and cycling. You may also consider wearing shoes with ample support during your normal activities. Additionally, it is important to regularly stretch your calves and the bottom of your feet to keep the tissue loose.
Contact Effective Integrative Healthcare Today
You should not feel heel pain every time you get out of bed or stand up from the table. But inflammation of your plantar fascia may make it a regular experience for you. Effective Integrative Healthcare can treat your plantar fasciitis in Crofton and Millersville, MD so that you can continue a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.