Plantar Fasciitis Pain Treatment in Nashville
If your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss), an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis means you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes.
You're more likely to develop the condition if you're female, overweight or have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces. You're also at risk if you walk or run for exercise, especially if you have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles. People with very flat feet or very high arches also are more prone to plantar fasciitis.
The condition typically starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone often referred to as a stone bruise. You're more likely to feel it after (not during) exercise. The pain classically occurs right after getting up in the morning and after a period of sitting.
If you don't treat plantar fasciitis, it may become a chronic condition. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity, and you may develop symptoms of foot, knee, hip and back problems because plantar fasciitis can change the way you walk.
Because plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, and the areas involved are heavily inflamed - a primary concern is removing the pain and inflammation before the condition becomes chronic.
Class IV advanced cold laser therapy - The laser treatment uses light energy to accelerate the body's own healing process to quickly decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow to the affected area.
The doctors at Art of Health Chiropractic have had success in treating most acute cases of plantar fasciitis within 6 visits. Chronic conditions may take longer to heal.
Kinesiotape - In addition to the laser therapy, your doctor will work on mobilization of the bones in the feet, therapeutic exercises and stretches, and use kinesiotape to support the joints while they heal.
Myofascial therapy - Not only is important to remove any inflammation to the achilles and plantar fascia, it is also imperative to remove any muscle trigger points in the lower leg, release restricted fascia and ligaments, and remodel scar tissue. Your doctor will use several different types of myofascial therapy to treat your condition.
Chiropractic adjustments - There are 26 bones in each foot, not to mention the joint articulations in the hips, knees, and ankles. Your doctor will mobilize the restricted joints in your body that may be attributing to your condition.
Dr. Callie Gant and Dr. Michael Buczynski founded Art of Health Chiropractic with the goal of creating a happier, healthier Nashville. Feel free to call the office at 615-953-7544 with any questions or to schedule your first appointment.