Heel pain is one of the most common problems podiatrists treat, but many believe their treatment options end there. Chiropractic care offers an alternative to medications or shoe supports that only lessen pain by treating the source of the pain. The most common source of heel pain is a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. This condition is caused by irritation to the plantar fascia, a band of ligaments that attaches your heel to the front of your foot. The fascia can become extremely irritated when the heel bone is jammed or locked-up and not moving properly. This can cause excruciating pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot.
Symptoms and Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is categorized by a sharp pain near your heel or along your arch when you walk. This pain is particularly bad when you first get out of bed in the morning or after you stand or sit for extended time periods. The pain will rarely go away on its own. Those who have certain jobs where they are on their feet constantly, such as salespeople and factory workers, are more likely to have plantar fasciitis. Those with a weight problem or naturally weak arches are also vulnerable to this issue. Runners are especially prone to plantar fasciitis. People that jump out of heavy machinery landing on their heels are prone. Also, if you are age 40-60, you are more likely to have this condition than those in other age groups.
The ankle has seven bones, and a misalignment of any of them can put stress on the plantar fascia, causing pain and inflammation. Dr. Eugene Goldberg at Dr. Goldberg Wellness Associates can get these bones back in their proper position, relieving pressure on the fascia. You may experience significant improvement after just a few visits to Dr. Goldberg Wellness Associates in Pittsburgh, PA.
When bones are even a bit out of line, you can develop severe pain in many areas of your body, including your heel. Instead of relying on medications and other treatments, visit your chiropractor first. Click here to schedule an appointment today.