Foot pain can be one of the most tedious and uncomfortable conditions a person experiences, especially if he or she is active. Other than sitting or sleeping, what activity doesn’t require your feet to be in good working order?
One of the most common causes of foot pain is an irritated plantar fascia, the band of ligaments that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports your arch. When the plantar fascia gets strained, it can weaken, swell and become inflamed. This condition is called plantar fasciitis. It often manifests itself in the heel or bottom of the foot and makes standing or walking painful.
While there isn’t a quick cure for plantar fasciitis, the news is not all doom-and-gloom. In addition to traditional treatments such as anti-inflammatories, rest/ice and orthotics, there are three other options worth considering.
- Getting adjusted by your chiropractor. As we’ve stated in previous posts, realigning the spine can help alleviate pain and get the body functioning properly. This could speed total recovery time when added to other treatments.
- Treating the foot with Active Release Techniques (ART). This is a newer option that is providing effective (and quicker) results in treating plantar fasciitis. What is it? ART is a soft tissue, movement-based massage technique that addresses the main cause of the pain–problems with the soft tissues in the foot.
- Seeking cold laser treatment (e.g. Theralase®). Cold laser treatment is a non-intrusive option to surgery. How does it work? “Therapeutic medical lasers heal tissue ailments by injecting billions of photons of visible and/or invisible laser light deep into tissue structures. Tissue naturally contains protein strands called chromophores and cytochromes located in the mitochondria of a cell, which have the unique ability to absorb laser light energy and transform it into chemical energy for the cell. This chemical energy is utilized by the tissue to significantly accelerate the healing process and reduce pain in the body naturally.” (http://theralase.com/faqs)
Before heading down the path of medications, rest/ice and costly orthotics, consider researching these alternative treatments. Talk to your chiropractor and ask if any of these options are right for you. After all, the goal is to get you back on your feet as soon as possible and enjoying your active lifestyle again.
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