If you experience a lot of pain in the heels of your feet then you might have what’s known as plantar fasciitis aka heel spurs. One of the most common causes of heel pain are heel spurs and it affects the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes, called the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia is stressed or strained, it can lead to stabbing pain that makes standing and walking uncomfortable. If you are in need of plantar fasciitis treatment for heel spur pain then your Nathans Family chiropractor can help.
Causes of Heel Spurs
The plantar fascia that connects your toes to your heel bone is a thick and stretchy tendon that absorbs shock when you walk and supports the arch of your foot. Repetitive movements that involve continuous shock and strain on your feet can lead to heel spurs. Aside from bone-on-bone knee pain, heel spurs are commonly experienced by runners because of the repetitive motions, pressure, and stress on your feet. People who work jobs that require them to stand for long periods of time are also more prone to experiencing this pain that leads to needing heal spurs treatment. It is more common in middle-aged adults and in people who engage in activities that put a lot of stress on the foot, like dancing or high-impact exercises. When the plantar fascia is overstressed, it can cause it to stretch, tear, and become inflamed.
Symptoms of Heel Spurs
The most obvious symptom of heel spurs is a stabbing pain along the heel that can extend out along the bottom of your foot. This stabbing pain most often occurs when you take your first steps after sleeping or being seated for a long period of time. The pain can also feel much worse after you are on your feet for a long time, whether at your job, running, or exercising. You may not notice the pain as much while you are moving around on your feet, but after you exercise or go from standing to sitting the stabbing pain may set in.
Treatment Options for Heel Spurs
If left untreated, you run the risk of developing chronic heel pain and also unintentionally changing how you walk, which can cause stress and pain in other areas of the body, like the knees, hips, and back. For the mildest cases of Heel Spurs, resting and icing the area can relieve the pain. You may also need to take more breaks in between activities to allow time for your feet to recover. Certain stretches can also help with strengthening and supporting the plantar fascia. Your doctor may also recommend pain medications that can also help with inflammation in the area.
Stretches and exercises can help promote strengthening and healing in the area so you can experience symptom relief and provide better long-term support for your feet. This may include stretches that involve the plantar fascia, the Achilles tendon, and calf muscles so they are better able to absorb shock and provide support. There are also splints that provide minimally invasive support to the area, especially when you are asleep. Your doctor may also recommend orthotics or arch supports to help better absorb shock and distribute your weight more evenly across your feet.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
At Nathans Family Chiropractic, visiting our chiropractors can help you experience relief with Heel Spurs treatment that addresses your symptoms as well as the root cause of the problem. Chiropractic care provides a safe, natural, and non-invasive treatment approach to help you get lasting pain relief. In addition to providing you with stretches and exercises to strengthen and support the bottom of your feet, your chiropractor can also help assess your posture and how your heel pain may have affected the way you walk and how you hold your body. Proper, healthy spinal alignment will help distribute your weight evenly and can help properly redistribute pressure from your heel to your toes. We also offer soft wave therapy to address damaged tissues in the feet and promote healthy blood flow and healing in the area.
Our goal is to provide you with safe, natural, and non-invasive treatment options to help address any type of pain that is keeping you from functioning at your best. Our chiropractors will talk you through your treatment options and offer a holistic approach to your care so you can experience lasting relief.