Plantar Fasciitis Treatment from Your Queens Chiropractor
For someone with plantar fasciitis, the first few steps after getting out of bed each day can be excruciating. Fortunately, natural plantar fasciitis treatment from our Queens chiropractor brings relief for patients in our Dr. Lee’s Spine Center practice without the use of surgery or medication.
Overview of Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a flat band of connective tissue running from the toes to the heel. Its purpose is supporting the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis develops when patients have strained the plantar fascia. This disorder is the cause of 80 percent of heel pain.
When a strain weakens this band, inflammation, swelling, and tears are common. The patient experiences pain perceived as coming from the heel of the affected foot with every step and sometimes even while standing still. The condition usually develops slowly and worsens as time passes.
The most common factors that cause an elevated risk for plantar fasciitis include:
- Excessive pronation, a foot that rolls inward while walking
- Flat feet or high arches
- Extended periods standing, running, or walking
- Participation in a sport that is hard on the feet
- Excess weight
- Prolonged movement on hard surfaces
- Footwear with a poor fit
- Bone spurs
- Tight calf muscles or Achilles' tendons
The most common symptom associated with plantar fasciitis is pain that occurs with the first few steps after getting up or after being seated for an extended period. While pain typically lessens once the fascia loosens after a few steps, it might worsen as the day progresses.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options
Plantar fasciitis treatment and management by our New York City chiropractor centers on natural therapies that enable patients to avoid the use of medications or surgery. Before arriving, our doctor completes a comprehensive physical exam that includes assessing the texture, mobility, and tightness of the patient’s soft tissues by applying specific pressure on them.
The primary treatment for plantar fasciitis is the use of the active release technique, or ART, which is a type of therapeutic massage. Our chiropractor applies stretching motions with the hands that break up fibrous lesions responsible for the patient’s pain. During an ART session, we encourage patients to tell our chiropractor how specific hand motions are affecting their discomfort.
In conjunction with ART, calf and toe stretches help break up fibrous legions. This increases an individual’s range of motion.
Patients can reduce the risk of aggravating plantar fasciitis with rest and by curtailing specific activities. Icing can lessen discomfort. We can also recommend the right type of footwear.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Queens Chiropractor
Is the pain from plantar fasciitis interfering with your normal activities? Call us today at (347) 960-7774 to schedule an appointment with our Queens chiropractor, Dr. James S. Lee. He has helped thousands of New York City residents manage pain using natural methods that directly treat its cause. Dr. Lee’s Spine Center is also a model of excellence when it comes to treating back and neck problems. We’re committed to bringing you pain relief, better health, and a return to the lifestyle you love.