Plantar fasciits is pain that occurs in the heel of a foot. The pain is due to the ligament connecting the toes to the heel bone becoming strained. This important ligament is responsible for supporting the arch in a foot. Ongoing ligament strain causes tiny tears which means the pain continues. These tears create inflammation, swelling, and weakness. There are several factor that contribute to this condition:
- being overweight
- standing for long periods of time on your feet
- high arches or flat feet
- ill fitting shoes
- tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
Plantar fasciitis is more common in middle aged individuals, athletes, and soldiers. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you. If you are experiencing heel pain with the first steps of your day, or heel pain that increases throughout the day, or even pain in your heels as you walk up or down stairs, you could have this condition. A chiropractor can provide an accurate diagnosis and successful treatment.
Vanessa M. came to DCW because she was experiencing painful episodes of plantar fasciitis. She had seen other chiropractors but found no relief. A friend referred her to Damron Chiropractic & Wellness and to her this was her last stop. Read Vanessa’s story below:
“I was plagued with Plantar fasciitis that began in November 2015. It was very painful and difficult to live with as I am a very active person. I work out daily and love to run in all kinds of races and events. Plantar fasciitis stopped me in my tracks. Damron Chiropractic & Wellness (DCW) was my 4th (and final!!) doctor I visited to treat it. Before coming to DCW, I hit my lowest point when I couldn’t put weight on my feet after walking in a charity race, the pain was that bad. I was going to doctors, but not getting any results.
When I walked into DCW, I could tell it was different. The atmosphere was very open and everyone was so nice. Instead of focusing on just my feet, Dr. Washam actually focused on my hips and diagnosed an imbalance that was causing the plantar fasciitis, which had taken years to get to the point of pain. Dr. Washam went over exactly what he believed was causing the pain and put together a plan to get me pain-free.
I started 3 months of rehabilitation therapy with Jaimie – she showed me strength moves and focused stretching techniques to work into my daily routine. I also had medical massages with Andy, and weekly adjustments with Dr. Washam or Dr. Damron – all of this really helped me get to a great place with my feet. Slowly, but steadily, the pain was less and less. And today, I am thrilled to say that my plantar fasciitis is now PAIN-FREE!!
I actually ran 2 miles this weekend which felt so good because I hadn’t run in over a year due to my pain!”