Do you regularly experience heel pain? Are your symptoms worse in the mornings or after long periods of sitting? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, plantar fasciitis may be to blame. At Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C., in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rebekah Nunn, DC, offers safe, effective, and holistic treatment for plantar fasciitis pain. To see if you can benefit from chiropractic care, make an appointment by calling or clicking the online booking tool today.
Plantar fasciitis is a common orthopedic condition that causes pain at the base of your heel. The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel to the front of your toes. It plays an important role in supporting the arch of your foot and helping you walk.
Your plantar fascia is incredibly tough, but as you get older, it experiences natural wear-and-tear. For some people, this deterioration causes inflammation, leading to heel pain and general stiffness.
The most common symptom associated with plantar fasciitis is chronic heel pain. However, some people experience discomfort in the middle of their foot as well. Plantar fasciitis tends to develop gradually over time and doesn’t always present obvious symptoms at first.
As the condition progresses, it’s common to experience pain first thing in the morning or after you’ve been sitting or lying down for an extended period of time. Many people with plantar fasciitis also experience pain following intense physical activity like running, jumping or climbing stairs.
Plantar fasciitis affects people of all ages and abilities. However, there are certain factors that can significantly increase your risk. For example, plantar fasciitis tends to affect people who are overweight or obese. Being overweight places your plantar fascia under significant duress.
The structure and shape of your feet also contribute to your risk for plantar fascia. For example, conditions like flat feet or tight Achilles tendons frequently trigger plantar fascia pain. Your footwear also contributes to your risk of plantar fasciitis. Shoes with soft soles or poor arch support can irritate your feet even further.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Nunn performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Dr. Nunn may also ask you to flex your foot or stand on your tiptoes so she can get a better look at your plantar fascia in action.
Next, Dr. Nunn checks your reflexes, muscle tone, and coordination. Generally, these tests are enough to pinpoint the source of your discomfort, but if necessary, Dr. Nunn can also order an X-ray or MRI.
Yes. In fact, one clinical study found that regular chiropractic adjustments combined with joint manipulation and home exercise significantly relieved pediatric heel pain.
Following your physical exam, Dr. Nunn develops a treatment plan for your unique situation. Depending on your symptoms, this may include a series of chiropractic adjustments, treatment with the Erchonia cold laser or an alternative therapy like traditional or no-needle acupuncture.
Plantar fasciitis is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to interfere with living an active and healthy lifestyle. Make an appointment at Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C. today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.