Heel Pain and Chiropractic
What is Heel Pain
Heel pain can come from the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, also known as plantar fasciitis. It can feel like you stepped on needles with every step. It can be very painful and keeps many people from doing the things they enjoy the most. It’s so painful at times, that it can keep people from the simplest task of walking. While it is a most common injury from working out and overuse, heel pain or plantar fasciitis can be caused by other factors. The various different causes of plantar fasciitis can include the following:
– Standing for long periods
– Unfitted or unpadded shoes
– Lack of vitamin C in the diet
– Increase in physical activities
– Shrinkage of the heel fat pad
– Lack of arch support
– Worn out footwear
– Natural aging
– Traumatic injury to the foot
Normally, the pain starts in the front or bottom of the heel, but it can effect the entire foot. It can last weeks to years, but without treatment it can become permanent. If you feel pain in the morning, there is a chance that you have a heel spur. Usually, the pain intensifies when you are walking or standing.
If the pain begins when you change positions, increase your activity, or after weight gain, it can be the result of a heel spur.
The most common treatments are stretching the calf muscles, rest, losing weight, wear comfortable shoes with good support, and ice application.
When you feel pain, it may be a result of inflammation. You can reduce inflammation by raising the foot above the heart and icing.
Chiropractic care has been studied by the Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association to improve patients’ chances of alleviating heel pain from plantar fasciitis. Our chiropractor at Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center can help relieve the pain you are experiencing. Call and get an appointment at Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center today!