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Plantar Fasciitis vs. Heel Spurs: Understanding the Difference and Finding Relief

People that are experiencing excruciating pain on the bottom of their foot which makes every step a challenge might be suffering from either plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, two common foot conditions that can cause discomfort and limit your daily activities.

As a chiropractor specializing in helping individuals with plantar fasciitis, I'm here to shed light on the differences between these conditions and to share how we can provide you with effective relief through a combination of hands-on chiropractic care and cutting-edge shockwave therapy.

Plantar Fasciitis: The Culprit of Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. It plays a crucial role in supporting your foot's arch and absorbing shock when you walk or run. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated or inflamed due to various factors, it can result in plantar fasciitis.

The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing heel pain, typically experienced in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. This pain can gradually improve with movement but may return after periods of inactivity. Factors such as overuse, improper footwear, excessive weight, and foot mechanics can contribute to its development.

Heel Spurs: A Common Misconception

Heel spurs are often mistakenly believed to be synonymous with plantar fasciitis. However, they are not the same. A heel spur is a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus) due to long-term tension on the plantar fascia. While they can coexist with plantar fasciitis, not everyone with plantar fasciitis will develop heel spurs, and not everyone with heel spurs will experience pain.

Heel spurs themselves are usually painless. It's the inflammation of the plantar fascia, often caused by factors like repetitive stress or poor biomechanics, that leads to discomfort. This inflammation can be far more disruptive to your daily life than the presence of a heel spur.

Effective Relief: A Chiropractic Approach

If you're suffering from plantar fasciitis or heel pain, our specialized chiropractic care can provide you with effective relief. Our approach combines hands-on chiropractic adjustments with shockwave therapy to address the root causes of your discomfort.

Chiropractic adjustments can help improve the biomechanics of your lower extremity by realigning and improving mobility of the bones in your pelvis, hips, knees, ankles and feet.

Proper mechanics of the lower extremity can reduce tension on the plantar fascia and alleviate pain.

Shockwave therapy is a cutting-edge, non-invasive treatment option that can accelerate your recovery. It involves the use of high-energy sound waves to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. This therapy can break down scar tissue, improve blood flow, and reduce pain, providing you with long-lasting relief from plantar fasciitis.

Don't let plantar fasciitis or heel pain keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. If you're experiencing discomfort on the bottom of your foot, it's crucial to seek professional help to determine the exact cause and receive the most appropriate treatment.

Take Action: Call Our Office Today at (417) 598-0080 and schedule a Complete Pain Evaluation to determine if we can help you with your pain. If we don’t think that we can help you, we won’t even charge you for the consultation.

Don't let foot pain hold you back; let us help you take the first step towards a pain-free future.

This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

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