Effective Plantar Fasciitis Treatment from Experienced Chiropractor in Odessa, TX
Rowland Chiropractor in Odessa, TX, offers specialized treatment for Plantar Fasciitis that is personalized to your needs. Our experienced chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that combines manual adjustments, exercises, and other therapies to alleviate pain and promote healing, helping you get back on your feet pain-free.
If you're struggling with plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, our experienced chiropractor in Odessa, TX, can help. We understand the discomfort and pain caused by this condition at Rowland Chiropractor, so we offer specialized chiropractic care to address it. Our chiropractor will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that combines manual adjustments, exercises, and other therapies to alleviate pain and promote healing. Trust us to get you back on your feet pain-free!
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone to the toes and helps form the foot's arch. The condition is a common cause of heel pain and affects middle-aged men, women, and those frequently on their feet. The leading cause of plantar fasciitis is excessive stress and strain on the plantar fascia, which can occur due to overuse, overstretching, or repetitive activities.
Other factors that increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:
- foot arch problems such as flat feet or high arches
- participating in activities that require a lot of standing
- prolonged walking on hard surfaces
- having a job that requires standing or walking for extended periods
- wearing shoes with poor arch support or thin soles.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp or stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel. This pain appears when taking the first steps in the morning or after sitting for an extended period. The pain may decrease as you move around but may return after standing or walking for an extended period.
Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis
When diagnosing plantar fasciitis, our chiropractor in Odessa, TX, will begin by conducting a physical examination of your foot, including checking for specific signs and symptoms associated with the condition. The exam may include the following:
- Assessing the shape and alignment of your feet.
- Looking for areas of tenderness, swelling, redness, or stiffness in your arch.
- Checking for any flat feet or high arches.
Our chiropractor may also ask you to walk or stand in various positions to observe the gait pain or discomfort you may experience during weight-bearing. They may recommend additional diagnostic tools such as X-rays or MRI to evaluate the extent of the damage or inflammation of your plantar fascia.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Effective treatment options for plantar fasciitis include:
- Rest: To reduce the inflammation and pain, rest your foot as much as possible and avoid activities that may exacerbate the symptoms
- Stretching: Specific stretching exercises help improve the flexibility and strength of the plantar fascia and the muscles in the foot and calf
- Ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help to reduce pain and inflammation
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen alleviate pain and reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy: Exercises, stretches, and other treatments to improve flexibility and strength, as well as reduce pain and inflammation
- Night splints: Night splints keep the foot flexed during the night to stretch the plantar fascia
- Supportive shoes and inserts: Wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioning, or orthotic inserts, redistribute the weight bearing on your foot and reduce the stress on your plantar fascia
- Cortisone injections: Anti-inflammatory medication injected directly into the plantar fascia to reduce pain and inflammation
- Shock wave therapy: High-energy sound waves stimulate damaged tissue healing
- Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to release the tension on the plantar fascia or to remove a heel spur
Dr. Rowland's Approach to Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Dr. Rowland understands that improper movement of the 22 bones in the foot can lead to stress and stretching of the plantar fascia, resulting in pain and difficulty walking. He believes that heel spurs, which are a common complication of plantar fasciitis, form as an attempt to stabilize the fascia and motion.
To address this, Dr. Rowland uses the Vibracussor to loosen and stretch the plantar fascia and then adjusts the foot and ankle bones to restore normal function. Additionally, he employs deep massage to break up heel spurs. Dr. Rowland is confident in his approach and has successfully eliminated or significantly reduced the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, with patients often experiencing improvement on the first visit.
We are thrilled to offer our patients the convenience of completing their forms in the comfort of their own homes or office. We understand your time is valuable and want to make your visit as easy and stress-free as possible. To get started, access our online patient forms, complete them at your own pace, and remember to bring them with you to your first appointment. We can't wait to see you!