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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The pain is usually the worst first thing in the morning and typically decreases as you go about your day. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the base of the toes. It helps create the arch of the foot and also plays a role in walking and running. The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is still unclear, however, it seems to be a repetitive stress injury. Constant loading and stretching of the plantar fascia results in inflammation which will cause pain.

Type of exercise and foot mechanics play a major role in Plantar Fasciitis. Activities like running, ballet, and jobs that keep you on your feet all day can put a lot of stress on the plantar fascia. Having good foot mechanics makes sure the small muscles of the feet are doing their job and the feet can support the rest of the body. Arches that are too flat or too high with poor motor control can put added stress on the plantar fascia.

How KCR can help!

At Kalamazoo Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, you will be taken through a thorough medical history and full body assessment to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis. In most cases, treatment will begin on your first visit once we decide that conservative care (i.e. without the use of surgery, drugs, or injections) is right for you.

A majority of muscle, joint, and nerve pain can be resolved quickly -within days to weeks- with a proper movement assessment and treatment strategy. If your pain changes while moving, this is typically a sign that movement can help resolve your current problems.

Dr. Kopp uses a combination of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to assess and treat both the pain from plantar fasciitis and the function of the foot to keep this pain from coming back.

Once we have found a movement or movements that decrease your symptoms and improve how your body is functioning, you are on the way to living life the way you want! If your condition is something we are unable to treat in the office, Dr. Kopp will know within the first few visits. He will then recommend the correct medical provider that can find a solution for you.

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