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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

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Do you experience heel pain?

Are your first steps in the morning painful?

You could have plantar fasciitis. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “more than 2 million people are treated for it each year.” Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes pain in the heel or bottom of the foot. The pain is usually the worst after periods of inactivity or standing for long stretches of time. Additional symptoms include pain in the arch of the foot, heel swelling, and foot stiffness. 

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation in the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. This tissue is flexible, but when overused or stressed, it can cause tears and inflammation.

Plantar fasciitis is common in:

  • Runners, dancers, or other active people
  • People who work on their feet all day
  • Overweight people 
  • People with flat feet or high foot arches

How Chiropractic Can Help

In most cases, you can kick the pain of plantar fasciitis without surgery or other invasive treatments. Gentle chiropractic treatment with the Activator instrument can improve the alignment of small bones in the feet and restore proper motion in the related joints.

Sometimes, people with plantar fasciitis will change the way they walk to try and avoid their pain. This change in gait can cause additional hip and back problems. Full spinal alignments can help treat these issues.

Healing laser therapy can also help relieve inflammation and promote healing. Dr. Thatcher recommends laser therapy sessions three times a week for four weeks. Dr. Thatcher’s treatment protocol also calls for taping the bottom of the foot with kinesiology tape, icing the foot, doing a golf ball massage, and much more! 

Visit One of the Best Chiropractors in Ann Arbor!

Are you looking for a chiropractor who will actually listen to your concerns?

Thatcher Chiropractic & Laser wants your experience to be the best doctor's visit you've ever had. They do this by keeping paperwork to a minimum, getting you in and out as quickly as possible, and by truly listening to you.

To schedule a visit with one of the best chiropractors in Ann Arbor, call 734-663-2300 or fill out a contact form today!