Have you heard the claim that plantar fasciitis can be healed through a few sessions of chiropractic care?
While chiropractors do amazing work, it’s important to set realistic expectations and understand exactly what chiropractors can (and can’t) do to help alleviate your symptoms from plantar fasciitis.
For instance, chiropractic care can address some of the contributing causes of plantar fasciitis (or help mitigate some of the reasons your plantar fasciitis might be worsening).
However, a chiropractor can’t treat plantar fasciitis at the source of the pain or treat the damage to the affected tendons and ligaments in your foot. Think of plantar fasciitis like a flat bicycle tire. You would be wise to deal with the cause of the flat tire (e.g., sweep away the thorns on the sidewalk so you don’t get another flat tire in the future). But to deal with the flat tire itself, you’ll need to patch up the puncture.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Plantar Fasciitis
Here are some of the reasons you might consider visiting a chiropractor for plantar fasciitis, as well as some doctor-recommended advice for getting treatment at the source of the pain!
Chiropractic care can help you deal with one significant contributing factor to plantar fasciitis, which is bad posture. The way you walk and the amount of impact generated by your feet because of your body posture can worsen or contribute to plantar fasciitis. A good chiropractor can help you improve your posture, which will in turn improve the way your feet feel as you walk or move!
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis in one foot more than the other, it could be that your weight isn’t very balanced across your feet–which bear that weight. A chiropractor can help realign and balance your body so that the weight is distributed more evenly and isn’t falling more heavily on one foot versus the other, allowing the affected foot to heal more quickly and reducing the chance of symptoms recurring.
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Chiropractic care can help you feel well in other ways besides balancing your weight and improving your posture. Eliminating aches and pains in your back, neck, and shoulders, can help you feel more positive about your health and life in general, which can in turn encourage you to follow through with simple exercises that will help you heal more quickly from plantar fasciitis.
Doctor Recommended Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
While chiropractic care can have many benefit when it comes to plantar fasciitis, particularly by improving your posture and alignment, don’t forget to focus on the doctor-recommended treatment methods that will get you back on your feet the fastest. Make sure you spend adequate, consistent time each day doing simple stretches, supporting your feet by wearing slip-in orthotics, icing your heels and feet regularly, taking anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation, and making sure you adequately rest your feet. The more consistent you are by combining these proven treatments–along with chiropractic care if you find that it helps you–the quicker you’ll feel better!
When you choose a chiropractor for plantar fasciitis, make sure you select a provider who sets realistic expectations about what he or she can accomplish in helping you heal. Steer clear of anyone who promises to “heal your plantar fasciitis in X sessions” or who promotes himself or herself as a one-stop cure.
We encourage our clients to take a holistic approach to their health–which means taking a whole-body approach to healing from plantar fasciitis. If you suffer from bad posture or an unbalanced alignment that you think might be contributing to your plantar fasciitis, visiting a chiropractor may be a great option for you!