Three Ways to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

What Is Plantar Fasciitis & What Causes This Condition?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone (calcaneus) to the toes. Medical experts estimate that roughly 80% of people with complaints of heel and bottom of the foot pain can be attributed to plantar fasciitis. 

Since pain can be severe, patients diagnosed with this connective tissue condition often develop a limp or unbalanced gait when they attempt to walk. Genesis Chiropractic strongly recommends that people get treatment for this problem as soon as possible to slow and help prevent further aggravation. 

Is There a Cure for Painful Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can often be managed and its symptoms relieved through conservative treatments, but it may not always have a permanent “cure” in the traditional sense. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function. 

In general, there are three main therapies for this painful foot/heel condition. These include:

  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Myofascial Release Therapy
  • Cold Laser Therapy

Initiating treatment measures promptly can lessen the overall severity and painful symptoms that this common foot connective tissue problem often brings.

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy can be an excellent treatment to relieve the types of discomfort that myofascial pain like plantar fasciitis can cause. Ultrasound therapy is thought to speed and promote healing of aggravated deeper soft tissue damage. This therapy is often used concurrently with other treatments like chiropractic adjustments and certain other physical therapies.

This therapy uses sound-waves that are directed towards the surrounding locations where the pain originates from without causing further pain or other adverse results.
Sound-waves can penetrate deep into the tissues for better end results that work. There are two main types of ultrasound therapy. These include:

  • Thermal
  • Mechanical

Your chiropractor, Dr Fries, will determine which type of ultrasound would best suit your situation. 

Myofascial Release Therapy

In plantar fasciitis and other deep connective tissue pain conditions, many find relief through precise myofascial release therapy. This is a targeted pressure technique that may relieve painful knots known to impact fascia tissue due to adhesions or scars.

Myofascial release therapy works when the body releases pain-relieving endorphins activated by this targeted pressure technique.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is being used to promote healing of strained or otherwise damaged deep muscle and connective tissue layers without surgery, needles or even heat that can be felt. This is a gentle method of achieving pain relief, decreased swelling and other adverse symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

Contact Genesis Chiropractic for more information and to book your appointment.