Do you suffer from, plantar fasciitis or foot pain? Patients often report how much it has affected their life and their ability to participate in their usual daily activities. They describe it as walking on thumb tacks or having a red hot knife plunged into their foot! In worst case scenario’s when symptoms have continued for months some patients report that it has altered their life dramatically as they can no longer even go for a simple walk without severe pain. You can find more information on our section on foot pain.
One of the most common of the foot ailments is heel pain and the cause is usually inflammation of the plantar fascia or heel spurs. The plantar fascia, is a band of connective tissue that surrounds the muscles on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot, supporting the arch, protecting the foot and absorbing shock.
Patients with plantar fasciitis often complain of pain in the morning after first standing when they get out of bed and when they stand after prolonged sitting. The pain originates just in front of the heel bone, but can spread over the entire bottom of the foot. Over time, inflammation associated with the condition can lead to the development of scar tissue, calcium deposits and eventually heel spurs. These spurs are a bony growth on the front part of the calcaneus of heel bone where the plantar fascia attaches and can cause sharp stabbing pain with walking.
Other factors that stress the plantar fascia include: sudden strenuous activity after a period of long-term inactivity, abnormal walking patterns, improper footwear, walking on hard or uneven surfaces especially barefooted, and obesity. Plantar fasciitis can become very painful and persistent. Someone who is experiencing these symptoms should consider consulting a qualified professional for advice on management such as taping, massage, icing and stretching and using acupuncture and shockwave therapy. Our chiropractors use a combination of these techniques to treat. Treatment varies depending on presenting symptoms and duration of the complaint.
Shockwave therapy interacts with tissue causing overall effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration. It’s just one of many techniques we use here to treat at Tweed Coast Chiropractic. If you think we could help tel 0266744032 or head to our contact page.