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Plantar Fascia is a thick band of tissue that attaches on either end of the foot to the toes and the heel. Patients commonly complain of pain, upon rising in the morning, after sitting for an extended period of time, or with the onset of exercise. With exercise and movement the plantar fascia is able to warm up and stretch out to decrease the pain. However, when there are misalignments of the foot and ankle the plantar fascia is not able to adapt and stretch in the proper way; causing stress and in turn can lead to inflammation and irritation. Typically the patient will have point tenderness to the touch of the heel, particularly at the inside of the ankle bone. It is not uncommon for this tissue to be overused and become inflamed. When this occurs it can create pain and tightness along the bottom of the foot, the arch and the heel. The pain is often described as a dull ache or a sharp pain in the bottom of the foot or the heel.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Flat feet
  • High arches of the feet
  • Increase in activities/new activities
  • Non-supportive shoes
    • Worn out
    • Little arch support
    • No cushion
  • Running
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Increase in standing
  • Pelvic/lumbar misalignment
  • Foot, ankle and or knee misalignment
  • Muscular imbalance
  • Repetitive use
  • Degeneration of joints
  • Trauma or injury

How We Can Help

We use state-of-the-art scanning technology to measure nervous system function and progress throughout a patients care. This scanning technology allows use to see what root causes are contributing to the patients symptoms. The scans are done during the first visit for every patient as well as at the end of treatment plans to compare and demonstrate changes that were made during their care. In addition, the initial consultation includes a detailed history and chiropractic examination. The history includes any past illnesses or problems experienced, the details of the current complaint, and social and family health. During the chiropractic examination a series of tests are performed for specific areas of the body; including the spine and any extremities deemed necessary by one of our chiropractors.

Our chiropractors use specialized techniques with an emphasis on SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique). Other techniques include Diversified, Gonstead and CMRT (Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique). Our doctors also have a background in soft tissue techniques (massage therapy) and training in fascial movement taping. Our client demographic is very diverse including families, pregnant women, infants/toddlers and athletes of all ages. Our athletes vary from young athletes, weekend warriors, college athletes and professional competing athletes.

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