Feet are amazing things. And a little strange. An entire culture has been constructed for the feet, from pedicures to footwear. They change in size; feet typically extend by two sizes when you stand up, and are at their largest at the end of the day. Day after day, they support a body weight in all its functions. Feet literally carry the weight of the world, at least for each individual. It’s no wonder that problems, such as plantar fasciitis, will arise.
Plantar fasciitis is an ailment that occurs in the plantar fascia, a ligament that attaches the bones in your toes to your heel. It occurs when the ligament experiences strain, and results in pain while standing or walking. Of all the many things that can go awry with the feet, plantar fasciitis is among the most common. As many as 10% of Americans are affected by it.
A variety of habits, practices, and conditions can affect your feet and lead to plantar fasciitis (pronounced plan-TER-fash-ee-EYE-tus). Typically it comes along during middle age or on younger people who are on their feet a lot, such as soldiers or athletes. Also any type of running, standing, or walking on hard surfaces for extended periods of time can contribute to plantar fascia strain. Being overweight, wearing worn out or misfitting shoes, and even a lack of stretching are all potentially avoidable conditions that can lead to plantar fasciitis.
At Allied Health we can fit you with a custom orthotic. An orthotic complements the shape of your heel and adds protection to your plantar fascia. When we create a custom orthotic that is just for you, a unique impression is the absolute best for your foot only. No two are alike because no two pairs of feet are alike. It is a personalized treatment that is rarely duplicated elsewhere in chiropractic care.
In this video, Dr. Aaron Nelson gives a quick tutorial on how he goes about fitting someone for a custom orthotic:
As Dr. Nelson discussed, prolotherapy is also a great complement to an orthotic fitting. This therapy involves receiving an intravenous injection full of natural healing agents. In addition, a regimen of physical therapy is also integral to helping reduce plantar fasciitis. With these two treatments, and a custom orthotic, you as a patient are well on your way to a more pain-free lifestyle.
Custom orthotics are helpful whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis or not. Most of us spend a good deal of time on our feet doing a variety of activities, so stress and strain on the feet is unavoidable. An orthotic is an excellent way to give your feet and spine the support they need to remain healthy. It is also important to note that a custom orthotic is your best choice. There are a lot of generic, shelf options for orthotics. As these are mass-produced and not made specifically for you, doctors recommend you avoid these. You can receive a custom orthotic fitting from a chiropractor like Allied Health Care and be certain that it is the absolute best fit for you.
If you have any questions about your particular case, feel free to request a consultation. You can put a stop to your plantar fasciitis or other condition today.