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The feet are the foundation for the entire body, and the average American puts their feet through some 4,000 steps every single day. If you run or perform some kind of consistent cardio exercise, your feet are doing even more work. So what can you do when you’re struggling with foot pain? Visit the chiropractor! Here’s why.

It’s estimated that two million Americans annually suffer from plantar fasciitis, a specific kind of foot pain. It’s an inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot – the plantar fascia – which connects the heel bone to the base of the toes and also creates the foot’s arch.

Plantar fasciitis usually begins as a mild pain in the heel bone before developing into a stabbing or burning pain or a constant ache in the front of the heel area. Most people notice that the pain is aggravated after standing or exercising, or even after getting out of bed in the morning. Walking around can help lessen pain, as it helps the fascia “warm up” and lengthen slightly, which reduces tension on the ligament.

So how can a chiropractor help with a condition like plantar fasciitis?

  • A chiropractor will test your shoes. Are they supportive, or are they causing pronation or supination.
  • A chiropractor will adjust your feet, knees and hips. This can help you feel immediate relief.
  • A chiropractor will check your spinal balance for a proper gait. Proper posture and gait can help reduce pain.
  • A chiropractor can perform myofascial release on the muscles and tendons of the feet. This will also help reduce pain.
  • A chiropractor can order custom orthodics for you. Properly supporting the feet is critical to reducing pain.
  • A chiropractor can show you specific exercises designed to strengthen the feet.

If you’re noticing ongoing pain in your feet, these are just some of the ways a chiropractor can help. Learn more about what you can expect at your first visit, or book your appointment now.