“Do I have plantar fasciitis?” is a common question we get asked here at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant Lisetor specializes in helping people from all walks of life and who work in various professions find relief from a myriad of different conditions and discomforts with Charlotte chiropractic care.

If you’re not sure whether or not the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing is plantar fasciitis, look for the following signs and symptoms that indicate that you might have the condition:

  • Pain near the front or center of the heel bone on the bottom of the foot
  • More significant pain during the morning when you are first waking up and take your first steps
  • Pain appears when you stand up after sitting down for an extended period of time
  • More noticeable pain after exercise

If these signs and symptoms are showing up in your life, give Greater Life Chiropractic a call and we’ll be happy to help you with Charlotte chiropractic care. In the meantime, you can try the following strategies to help reduce the pain of or manage your plantar fasciitis.

1. Kick Your Feet Up

If you’ve been on your feet for a while and your plantar fasciitis is flaring up, you’re likely dealing with inflammation of the plantar fascia. When you take a break and take as much time as possible to rest your feet, it gives the mini tears on the plantar fascia time to heal. This can take up to a couple weeks but can have a positive impact on the level of pain you’re experiencing and your recovery process.

2. Regularly Stretch Your Feet

In order to ease the pain you have on your plantar fascia, you can use a variety of stretching techniques to help ease the pain. Here are a couple simple exercises you can try:

  • Roll a tennis ball back and forth underneath your foot.
  • While sitting on the floor, put your legs straight before you with a belt wrapped around the ball of the foot. Then, gently pull the belt to flex the foot and stretch it.

3. Massage Your Feet with Ice

You can use an ice pack on your feet to relieve pain. You can also double up and massage your feet with a frozen water bottle rolled underneath your foot.

4. Use the P.R.I.C.E. Protocol

The “P.R.I.C.E. Protocol” or method is a great way to remember five simple strategies for managing plantar fasciitis pain. You’ll see some of these from above, but using the P.R.I.C.E. acronym makes it easy to remember and utilize when experiencing pain.

  • Protection
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

5. See a Chiropractor

When you’re experiencing plantar fasciitis pain, you likely want quick relief. These tips will help with that initial reprieve. But you also want a long-term solution to plantar fasciitis, and chiropractic care can help with that. Chiropractic care focuses on the central nervous system and aims to improve your neurological function and whole-body health. When your body is functioning as it should and your body’s systems are all properly receiving messages from the brain, everything will work better. This means reduced inflammation, decreased pain, an improved immune system, and better overall health.

Let Us Help You With Your Plantar Fasciitis!

Contact us today at Greater Life Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor. Bring us your questions and concerns and we’ll be glad to help you manage your plantar fasciitis pain and get you on the road to better health.

 

 

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Daniels, C.J., Morrell, A.P., Chiropractic management of pediatric plantar fasciitis: a case report”. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2012 Mar; 11(1): 58–63. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315855/.

Stuber, K., Kristmanson, K. Conservative therapy for plantar fasciitis: a narrative review of randomized controlled trials”. The Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2006 Jun; 50(2): 118–133. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1839987/.

Felson, S. “Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?” WebMD, 2017 Mar 14. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/understanding-plantar-fasciitis-symptoms