Frequently Asked Questions About Plantar Fasciitis
What does a weekend warrior, competitive runner, high school athlete, and manual laborer have in common? They're all at risk for a common health condition known as plantar fasciitis. Toronto chiropractor Dr. Brian Dower works with hundreds of patients every year struggling with this frustrating and painful condition by using natural, drug-free, and non-invasive methods that can accelerate healing and maximize patient outcomes.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Whenever you see a word end in the suffix "itis," you can safely assume that it's referring to an inflammatory process. In the case of plantar fasciitis, the thin, long, and tough strand of the ligamentous tissue known as the plantar fascia (which runs underneath your foot connecting your heel to your forefoot) becomes irritated and inflamed. Normally, the plantar fascia supports your foot's arch and helps your body absorb the normal stresses of weight-bearing (walking, running, etc.).
What Are The Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis?
If you have plantar fasciitis, your symptoms may be different (in quality duration, and intensity) from someone else with the condition. That said, some of the most common signs and symptoms include:
- Heel pain, often described as sharp, boring, dull, achy or burning
- Stiffness and pain in the foot that is worse first thing in the morning, after standing or sitting for a long time, or while stair climbing
These symptoms may come on gradually, or they may develop much more quickly--especially after a significant physical event such as a road race or participation in a new workout program.
Who Gets Plantar Fasciitis?
People who perform physical exercise "too much too soon" often experience plantar fasciitis. Perhaps they've under-trained or simply are overdoing it too much. Equally, they may have a job that requires them to be on their feet all day, which can strain the plantar fascia. A person is also more at risk of developing this condition if they are overweight or obese, have diabetes, or have inflexible ankles, "flat feet," or "high arches," all of which can increase stress on this issue.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Treat My Plantar Fasciitis?
Toronto chiropractor Dr. Dower combines his expert skill and advanced chiropractic technology and techniques to deliver long-lasting relief from plantar fasciitis pain. If you have this condition, your individualized treatment plan may include:
- Corrective exercises and stretches to improve the muscle flexibility and length in your lower legs and to improve tissue healing
- Kinesio Taping to support your joints, relieve pain and support stronger/more effective muscle activation
- Acupuncture and cold laser therapy, to promote anti-inflammation, pain relief, and tissue healing
- Postural analysis and body mechanics training to identify and correct movement patterns that may be putting you at risk for this condition
- Spinal adjustment, to restore the normal alignment of your spine, pelvis, and hips which may reduce stress and tension on your lower legs and improve nervous system activation and regulation
Is Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain Keeping You From The Active Lifestyle You Love & Deserve? Consult With Downtown Toronto Chiropractor Dr. Dower Today
Dr. Dower is one of the premier chiropractors in Downtown Toronto, and he's standing by to help you get back on your feet--literally! If plantar fasciitis pain has been holding you back, then don't wait any longer. Call (416) 920-7275 today to schedule your initial consultation today.