Plantar Faciitis

Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis in Nanaimo

Foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis rarely resolves on its own without some intervention. This condition is caused by a thickening or increased tension of the soft tissue band on the bottom of the foot. When the tissue thickens past a certain point, it begins to restrict movement and causes heel pain.

Some of the reason for the development of this condition include: old ankle sprains, knee injuries,  a decrease in exercise, excessive standing,  changes in foot wear and other factors.

At Atlas Chiropractic in Nanaimo we examine the foot, knee, pelvis and perform a gait assessment to determine the major factors involved in your condition.    The chiropractor after identifying areas of joint restriction and areas of pain the chiropractor can perform a series of specific extremity adjustments to the entire limb.  This change in motion  reduces the tension in the plantar facia, reduces pain, swelling and corrects underlying gait mechanics. 

Types of Treatments

Chiropractic Extremity Adjustments

Ongoing chiropractic care can not only resolve this painful foot condition, but also may prevent plantar fasciitis from re-occurring. Chiropractic care could include manual adjustments, laser therapy, shockwave therapy and custom foot orthotics.

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. 

Dr. Whyte performs an examination that includes a biomechanical assessment followed by a 3-D computerized scan of your arches.  This allows us to identify foot flexibility issues that may even be contributing to knee pain and back pain. Book for your FREE 3-D Foot Scan.

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 treatment will likely resolve this condition permanently . 

Laser Therapy 

Laser therapy is sometimes used for the really difficult cases with excessive inflammation and pain.  This type of therapy is used to increase blood flow to the site of pain speeding up the healing process. The laser light beam at a frequency of 1050 nm will penetrate to a maximum depth of 6 cm having an affect on damaged ligaments, muscles and cartilage cells. 


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