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Foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis rarely resolves on its own without some intervention. This condition is caused by a thickening of a soft band of tissue, the plantar fascia, which runs between the heel and toes. When the tissue thickens past a certain point, it begins to restrict movement and compress nerves. Light exercise can help loosen up the tissues, which reduces foot pain slightly as the day goes on. Unfortunately, continued movement and long periods of standing around tend to worsen foot pain once again. Luckily, patients can seek assistance from Dr. Whyte of Atlas Chiropractor & Body Balance to resolve this condition and live relatively pain free.
Chiropractors will look at the severity of the patient's foot symptom, as well as what the patient's lifestyle is likely to determine the best course of treatment. The treatment plan will usually go from least to most invasive, except in the most serious of plantar fasciitis cases.
The thick band of tissue in the foot places excess strain on the ligaments running from the heels to the toes. Chiropractors can make slight chiropractic extremity adjustments that reduce ligament stress to give the feet a rest. With manual chiropractic adjustments, the pain and swelling is diminished, which helps the feet heel from the ongoing damage. The correcting the bones of the foot using chiropractic extremity technique also restores proper movement to the knee, hip and back by restoring normal motion to the foot.
Ongoing chiropractic care can not only resolve this painful foot condition, but also prevent plantar fasciitis from re-occurring. Preventive care include manual adjustments and therapeutic exercises. The movements can loosen up the thick band of tissue to reduce pain, despite a full day of intense walking activities.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Prevention also focuses on giving clients the proper advice on footware, custom foot orthotics and exercises to support the alignment of the arch and bones of the foot. All custom foot orthotics are manufactured by Atlas Orthotic Group under the guidance of an orthoptist. Depending on patients use and foot alignment, specific corrections are made prior to manufacture with the latest computer technology.
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Shock Wave Therapy
The severe cases often require radial pulse wave therapy also known as shock wave therapy to break up scar tissue or to initiate re-healing of the inflamed area. Typically patients will need only 3-5 treatments to resolve the symptoms associated with this condition. This in conjunction with chiropractic extremity adjustment and prevention will likely resolve the condition permanently .
Resolving Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
Patients with recurring foot pain should have an evaluation performed by professionals at Atlas Chiropractic, in Nanaimo. Limiting the amount of strain placed on the ligaments in the feet will minimize the treatments needed to eliminate pain. Reversal of the condition is also much easier to achieve before small tears in the ligaments begin to appear. For more information call us at 250-585-6325.
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Our Clients Say it Best
I am very pleased with the results I am experiencing following my visits to see Dr. Barry Whyte. After suffering from a broken fibula 7 years ago, I am finally feeling some relief from the foot pain that never ever seemed to go away. Finally a window of opportunity has opened and I can begin to get my life and the lifestyle back on track. The biggest THANK YOU to Barry and his staff.