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Our feet do so much to keep us standing and moving through life that it's easy to take them for granted -- until one day they start to hurt. If you're experiencing pain and stiffness in your feet that seems to be worse when you first get up and walk around in the morning, your feet may have fallen prey to a form of chronic soft tissue inflammation known as plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, our chiropractor at Gray Chiropractic & Sports Associates , P.C. (Dr. Lawrence Gray, DC) can administer a variety of natural, drug-free treatment methods to ease that inflammation and help you prevent it from recurring.
The plantar fascia is a strong, thick band of connective tissue that runs along the underside of the foot, terminating at the heel. This tissue is tasked with helping to maintain both flexibility and structural integrity for this complex "machine," enabling the foot to support your entire body weight or more while also making it possible for you to run, walk, dance and perform a thousand other activities every day. The foot gets a lot of its strength and balancing ability from its three arches. But when a structural abnormality or musculoskeletal misalignment causes the medial arch to fail, the extra strain on the plantar fascia may cause severe pain, stiffness and inflammation. You may find it especially painful after you've been off of your feet for some time -- say, lying down in bed asleep.
But even if you can "walk it off" on awakening, the pain of plantar fasciitis remains a constant threat for unsupported feet and unbalanced bodies. Abnormally flat or pronated feet may be worsened by a spinal misalignment, or their own imbalances may actually send pain and strain up the kinetic chain of the weight-bearing joints to the spinal column, throwing your whole body out of balance and leading to aches and pains elsewhere.
Dr. Gray can resolve your plantar fasciitis by pinpointing and treating the underlying cause. A detailed examination of your foot structure, spinal alignment, stance and gait can determine exactly where your body is "off" and what effects that may be having on the plantar fascia. We can then treat your condition naturally through:
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