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Plantar Fasciitis

Taber Chiropractic & Laser Spine Therapy

Chiropractors located in Bowie, MD

If you’re experiencing heel pain so intense it wakes you up at night or makes walking and standing difficult, you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of chronic heel pain among adults. At Taber Chiropractic & Laser Spine Care Therapy Center, in Bowie, Maryland, Diane Taber, DC and Ted Taber, DC treat heel pain naturally using chiropractic adjustments that often reduce symptoms immediately. For lasting relief of chronic heel pain, call or go online to book your appointment today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick tendon that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch in your foot. When the plantar fascia is overstretched or overused, it becomes inflamed and painful.

Plantar fasciitis causes intense heel pain and stiffness at certain times more than others. For most patients, plantar fasciitis pain is especially bad first thing in the morning, after intense activity, or after sitting or standing for long periods of time.

To diagnose plantar fasciitis, the Drs. Taber examine your feet for:

  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Foot swelling or redness
  • Pain in the bottom the sole
  • Stiffness or tightness in the bottom of the foot

How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?

Prevention is the best defense against plantar fasciitis. There are several simple things you can do every day to prevent intense plantar fasciitis pain and discomfort:

  • Wear the right shoes: Shoes with good arch support reduce stress on your feet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Extra pounds put added stress on every part of your body, including your feet.
  • Exercise wisely: Alternate your activities and gradually increase intensity.
  • Stretch daily: Focus on strengthening the arch muscles and stretching the Achilles tendon.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Without treatment, plantar fasciitis can worsen and spread beyond your feet to your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. The Drs. Taber believe plantar fasciitis is best treated naturally with a combination of:

  • Chiropractic care: Gentle adjustments to realign your foot bones for maximum comfort
  • Anti-inflammatory procedures: Ice and other therapies reduce inflammation without medication.
  • Physical therapy: Increasing flexibility of the ankle and plantar fascia reduces symptoms.
  • Lifestyle modifications: A new approach to your exercise routine and daily activities can prevent future heel pain.

For immediate improvement of plantar fasciitis symptoms, book your appointment with the Drs. Taber online or over the phone today.