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plantar fasciitis help in Carrollton, TX.

What is Plantar Fasciitis? 

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The plantar fascia plays a crucial role in supporting the arch of the foot and helps with shock absorption during walking and other weight-bearing activities.

What does Plantar Fasciitis Feel Like?

Plantar fasciitis typically causes stabbing pain near the heel, especially during the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest. The pain may subside as the foot warms up and with continued activity but can return after extended periods of standing or walking.

Common Symptoms Include:

  1. Pain: The primary symptom is pain, typically felt near the heel and along the bottom of the foot. The pain is often most intense with the first steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity.

  2. Stiffness: The affected foot may feel stiff, especially after periods of rest.

  3. Tenderness: The heel or arch area may be tender to the touch.

Common Factors Contributing to Plantar Fasciitis Include:

  1. Repetitive Stress: Activities that involve repetitive stress on the feet, such as long-distance running, ballet dancing, or occupations that require prolonged standing, can contribute to plantar fasciitis.

  2. Foot Mechanics: Abnormal foot mechanics, including flat feet (pronation) or high arches, can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

  3. Age: Plantar fasciitis is more common in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60.

  4. Footwear: Improper or inadequate footwear, especially shoes lacking proper arch support, may contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis.

What Can I do for Plantar Fasciitis at Home?

  • Ice: Apply ice to the affected area to reduce inflammation.

  • Stretching exercises: Stretching the calf muscles and the plantar fascia itself.

  • Supportive footwear: Wear shoes with proper arch support.

  • Orthotic devices: Using orthotic inserts to support the foot's arch.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Chiropractic adjusting of the foot and ankle to improve mobility and reduce pain.

  • Soft tissue therapies for the calf and arch.

  • Rehabilitation exercises to improve strength of the arch and calf

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