Heel pain is most often caused by a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is also sometimes called heel spur syndrome. Additional factors that can cause heel pain include arthritis, nerve irritation, tendonitis, a stress fracture, loss of fat in the heel, bursitis, or very occasionally, a cyst. To identify the underlying cause, the chiropractor will assess the foot and ankle thoroughly. Most conditions can be treated with adjustments, massage, and dry needling, as well as at-home follow up exercises such as stretching, splints, and icing. Patients who suffer from heel pain are advised to avoid going barefoot, as wearing the appropriate footwear can help.
The plantar fascia is a strong band of supportive tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. The fascia supports arch and bones of the middle section of the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated or inflamed, it can cause stabbing pain in the heel as well as across the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in people who spend long periods of time standing on their feet each day as well as runners, dancers, and other athletes who put a lot of stress on their feet, Achilles tendons, and calves. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are usually worse in the morning or after an extended period of sitting still, when the band of tissue has time to stiffen up. As the patient begins to move, the fascia warms up, becoming more flexible, allowing the pain to resolve.
Chiropractors can help relieve the pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis and other causes of heel pain by opening and optimizing the neural pathways in the feet, heels, and ankles with adjustments. The chiropractor may also use massage or dry needling to improve the circulation necessary to heal tissues that have become damaged following persistent inflammation or constant pressure. Chiropractic adjustments and treatments reduce inflammation and swelling which can also aid in the healing process.
Most insurance plans are accepted at our chiropractic offices. We accept auto accident, workers compensation, personal injury cases that have resulted in back pain, neck pain, headaches, or other related pain conditions. We also accept most health insurance plans, including Medicare. Because there are so many insurance plans out there, and because coverage for chiropractic care varies widely, please call us to find out if your plan covers care in our office. Before you start a chiropractic care plan, our staff would be happy to verify your benefits and explain them to you at no charge.
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