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Plantar Fasciitis

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an injury to the tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. This thick tissue band runs all the way across the bottom part of the foot, and it can become highly inflamed and swollen, which results in plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain today.

Who Is Likely to Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Pregnant women and people who are obese often develop plantar fasciitis due to the additional and excess weight they carry. Plantar fasciitis also frequently occurs in runners. Additionally, people who don't wear properly supportive footwear, such as people who constantly wear flip-flops, are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.

What Does Plantar Fasciitis Feel Like?

Plantar fasciitis feels like a stabbing pain in the heel. It is typically most painful in the morning, during the first step or two after getting out of bed. The pain will then usually recede as the day goes on. The pain then returns after a period of rest or a period of sitting down. Usually, plantar fasciitis is only felt in one foot, but some people do experience plantar fasciitis in both feet.

How Does Dr. Dennis Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

The chiropractic treatment for plantar fasciitis is usually a combination approach. Dr. Cozzocrea may recommend a blend of physical therapy techniques, shock wave therapy, and other chiropractic modalities to put patients on the road to recovery. However, with early intervention he is usually able to help the patient achieve pain relief in a natural and non-invasive manner.

Dr. Dennis has extensive training and is a certified extremities practitioner. This means that he did an extra year of training on areas of the body that do not have to do with the spine. A large portion of that would be in the foot. He will look at how you are walking and decide how to correct that. He does not use expensive orthotics that often times are more painful than the condition they are supposed to treat. Dr. Dennis has a special taping method that he developed called the slipper tape. This is applied at the beginning of the treatment of care. Most patients have immediate relief with the slipper tape in place. This also works to rehab the foot and correct the mechanical problems in the foot.