There was a time when you loved nothing more than working at your job, going dancing in your favorite high heels, or hitting the road for a lengthy run. Even the simple act of getting out of bed in the morning fills you with excitement and hope. These days, however, those first steps of the day are the most painful — and that nagging pain in your heels keeps attacking you day after day. Your problem could be a common complaint known as plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, our team at Back to Mind can provide safe, drug-free plantar fasciitis care for Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, and Tamarac FL.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Even if you’ve never heard of plantar fasciitis, you’re no doubt aware that normal human feet have arches. These arches play an important role in reinforcing and stabilizing the feet as they support your body’s entire weight — both in motion and standing still. The largest and most noticeable of your foot’s three arches, the medial longitudinal arch, is sustained by a strong connective tissue known as the plantar fascia. But as strong as this tissue may be, it can still experience chronic fatigue and damage — and when it does, you experience the pain of plantar fasciitis.
A variety of underlying problems may make you vulnerable to plantar fasciitis. For example, many people are born with flat feet or develop flat feet at some point. These “fallen arches” alter the way your feet support your body weight, placing excessive strain on the plantar fascia in the process. Other contributing factors include:
A spinal imbalance or other musculoskeletal misalignments that throws your body off-balance
Obesity or pregnancy, which adds to the weight burden on the plantar fascia
Overuse of the feet though demanding activities such as running, dancing, or prolonged standing at work
Footwear that fails to support your body properly (such as high heels)
Tight Achilles tendons
That Morning Ache: A Telltale Sign of Plantar Fasciitis
The tissues of the plantar fascia struggle with chronic strain and inflammation. These problems create the classic symptom of sharp pain in or near the heels, with both heels usually affected. One odd hallmark of plantar fasciitis is its tendency to feel most painful, not after using your feet, but after several hours of rest or sleep. After you take those first few agonizing steps, your symptoms may ease as the tissues “warm up.”
Natural Treatment Methods From Our Skilled Chiropractor
If you’re sick and tired of plantar fasciitis pain, but you’re also worried about relying on painkillers or having to undergo invasive treatment, visit Back to Mind. Our skilled chiropractor, Dr. Abramson, will examine your entire musculoskeletal alignment, not just your feet, to see whether an imbalance is causing or aggravating your symptoms. We will also discuss your lifestyle, weight, work routine, favorite sports, and even your choice of footwear as possible factors in your plantar fasciitis.
Once we know why your plantar fascia is experiencing chronic strain, we can devise a holistic healing plan to help you stop that pain without drugs, surgery, or other undesirable measures. Each pair of feet is unique, so your individualized treatment plan may include techniques such as:
Custom-fitted orthotic insoles to provide your feet with the perfect degree of arch support
Rehabilitative stretches and other exercises to lengthen and relax the Achilles tendons
Are you ready to stop dreading the first steps you take every morning? Then take the first steps toward feeling better by calling Back to Mind. We have several convenient locations throughout Florida, including Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Tamarac. Make your appointment today by calling Back to Mind Chiropractic at +1(954)-986-4559.