Pain in the foot? Nebraska City Chiropractor Give Tips to Kick the Pain

Foot Pain ChiropractorPlantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the tendon that connects your heel to toes. It is often referred to as “runner’s heel” or “bone spur syndrome” because of the condition’s specific correlation to each name. Plantar fasciitis is common in runners, but can also be found in people who have physically demanding jobs or spend a lot of time on their feet without proper footwear and arch support. The pain can be intense and is typically worse during the first few steps each morning and tends to get easier throughout the day, or after the first few steps are taken.

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition caused by varying factors such as poor arch support during prolonged periods of being on your feet and poor pelvic posture. Other factors, such as high impact exercise and being overweight can contribute to the condition. If you are experiencing intense heel pain, start by evaluating potential causes that contribute to your discomfort. Does the pain occur during a specific time of day or following a particular activity? Do you have pain elsewhere in your body? Do you have a physically demanding job? Do you wear supportive shoes? Chiropractic care can help to alleviate the pain, and it’s always best to be prepared for your first consolation with the doctor. Additional risk factors include:

  • Age: Plantar Fasciitis typically occurs in people between the ages of 40-60
  • Certain types of exercise Plantar Fasciitis is most common following activity that puts high stress on your heel, such as long-distance running, ballet, and aerobic dancing.
  • Obesity: Extra weight puts pressure your heels and adds to the impact of each step.

Many people assume the only need for arch support in shoes is in the inner, prominent arch of the foot, however the human foot has three main arches that can contribute to heel pain. Finding the proper balance of support and always wearing adequate footwear is the first step toward alleviating heal pain. Dr. McGinley has the technology to conduct custom foot scans and fit each patient with the shoe support necessary for their individual foot profile.

The prognosis for Plantar Fasciitis is almost always positive, however, the condition does require care and won’t simply go away on its own. Here are some tips you can begin implementing in attempt to reduce pain:

  • Freeze a water bottle and roll it under your arch each morning.  Sitting on the edge of your bed, roll the frozen bottle under your arches. 
  • Rest.  For your feet to heal, you must avoid straining the tendons as much as possible. Put your feet up and try to stay off them.  Avoid running or long periods of standing or walking until you feel better.
  • Taping.  Using athletic tape, tape a figure eight on the bottom of your feet.  The tape takes the pressure off the tendon and relieves the pain.
  • See Dr. McGinley for custom shoe inserts.  This is a great way to get almost immediate relief for Plantar Fasciitis.  The custom-made inserts are molded to your feet.  The support in your shoes should greatly reduce your pain.
  • Wear compression socks.  Quality compression socks that will support the arches of your feet.
  • Taping your foot to provide additional support.
  • Avoid going barefoot.  Always try to wear something soft under your feet, even at home.
  • Stretching the calve muscle, Achilles tendon, and bottom of foot. Engaging in exercise that will help to stabilize the foot and ankle to support high impact activity.
  • Incorporate low-impact exercise into your routine such as biking and swimming. Movement like this will not contribute to additional heel pain and can aid in strengthening your ankles and tendons. Always finish each workout by stretching your calves and feet, making small circles with your ankles

By avoiding or prolonging treatment for significant heel pain, you can risk doing additional harm to your body. Many people who ignore the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis begin accommodating the pain by altering the way they walk and the activities they perform on a day-to-day basis. Many additional issues can result from these shifts from your natural stature and prolonged pain, so treatment and a consultation with Dr. McGinley is always recommended before additional damage is done.