Davenport Chiropractors Can Help With Plantar Fasciitis

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Davenport Chiropractor Can Help With Foot Pain

The main question is: Have you ever sprained or rolled your ankle? If you have ever played High School sports, unorganized sports, or walked on unstable/uneven surfaces; chances are, you have sprained your ankle. Also, chances are that you did not rehab that injury. You put up with the pain for a short while until it went away and then just went on your merry way as if the injury never occurred.

That was back in High School or College, but now you are 30-50 years old and can’t seem to take a step without your foot or ankle having a mild to serious pain. You feel like you are not taking a “normal” step. Chances are, your dominant foot (usually the same side as your dominant hand) doesn’t have any pain and your non dominant foot has all of the problems.  Don’t worry, you are not alone. This happens more often than you think. Most Podiatrist’s treat the condition with injections to numb the pain or to kill the nerve endings that cause you to feel the pain.

Plantar Fasciitis = Pain In The Bottom Of Your Foot Davenport Chiropractor plantar fasciitis

First things first. The plantar fascia is the muscle and tendons in the bottom of your foot. Most people think of this as having flat feet which would stretch and pull these tendons every time that you take a step. In reality it is really the cause of tight calf muscles. Your calf muscles are connected to your plantar fascia via your calcaneus (heel bone). When your calf muscles become tight, it pulls on the calcaneus which stretches and pulls on the plantar fascia. You feel the pain in the plantar fascia because it is over-stretched, but not in your calf muscles which are too tight.

This is an interesting phenomenon. Where you feel the pain is not always where the problem is. As a Chiropractor in Davenport, I often focus on the area of pain that someone is telling me about. I would say that about 50% of the time this is the problem area. The other 50% of the time, the area that they are complaining about is actually over-stretched. Chiropractors in Davenport can help with areas that are tight and have restricted movement, but over-stretched areas need to be strengthened. It is very counter-intuitive, and took me a long time to wrap my head around the concept. 50% of the time, areas of pain are actually too weak rather than too tight.

My biggest recommendation if you have pain in the bottom of your foot is to stretch your calf for 30 seconds every hour for one week. If the pain in the bottom of your foot goes away, then it was over-stretched, and your tight calf was actually the problem. If the pain does not go away or lessen significantly, then your plantar fascia may actually be too tight. This can often be relieved by ultrasound therapy and myofascial release. We offer both of these treatment options in the office, and have found them to be very effective in plantar fasciitis.

Inversion Ankle Sprain (Untreated) = Pain In The Top Outside Part Of Your Foot

Davenport Chiropractors Help With Foot PainThe second scenario is much more common. You have rolled your ankle in the past (foot goes in and you step on the outside of your foot). After you sit for awhile, and then you stand up, the top outside portion of your foot hurts and you feel like you have to turn your foot to the outside to walk. The pain diminishes with more walking, and you forget about the problem until the next time. Does this sound familiar? You have an untreated inversion ankle sprain.

This is often the result of having an inversion ankle sprain in the past (junior high, high school, college) and never treating it. You played through the pain and are now dealing with the consequences. But fear not, there is hope. The underlying cause is that the inside part of your calf and ankle is too tight and the top, outside part of your foot is overstretched. When this is an issue over time, you begin to lose proprioception in your ankle. Proprioception is your bodies’ ability to know is happening in your ankle. This ability allows your body to stabilize the ankle joint when walking, running, and jumping. When you lose proprioception, you don’t stabilize your ankle properly and can do minor injuries over time.

How Do I Treat These Conditions?

The root cause of both problems is tight calf muscles. For plantar fasciitis as stated above, stretching your calves with a straight leg (typical calf stretch) and with your knee bent (to get the deeper soleus muscle). Pair this with rolling a tennis ball or golf ball on the bottom of your foot can work wonders.

For untreated inversion ankle sprains, you must also stretch your calves with a straight leg and with the knee bent, but you must turn your foot in while doing these stretches to stretch out the inside part of your calf. Once this is thoroughly stretched out (4-5 times per day for 1 minute per stretch for 10 days) you need to begin building proprioception back into your ankle. You can do this by brushing your teeth standing on one foot. That foot should be turned in like the stretch. You can test the amount of proprioception in your ankle by testing the amount of time you can stand on one foot with your eyes open and with your eyes closed. If you are able to stand for 30 seconds without too much wobbling with your eyes closed, you have pretty good proprioception in your ankle.

There are times when stretching is not enough. Myofascial release can help by loosening tight muscles. Ultrasound therapy is also very effective in treating plantar fasciitis. Your ankle or foot may also need to be adjusted by a licensed Chiropractor in Davenport. We offer all of these treatments in the office. Usually with treatment, the problem resolves more quickly. So if you are having foot pain in Davenport, be sure give Dr. Clay a call. Get Adjusted and Be Well!

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