We treat more than just backs!

It may not be commonly known that some Chiropractor’s treat and deal with many different parts of the body, but we do! The feet, are one of those areas that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort; here at Newland we see and treat quite a number of patients with foot problems, one of those being Plantar Fasciitis.

We can help with these issues by using a number of different techniques, including manipulation, muscle work, dry needling and laser therapy to name a few, as well as giving exercises, gait scans and orthotics if necessary. We have seen patients who may have tried one of these treatment methods (maybe via a podiatrist or physiotherapist), but we find treatment is more effective and longer lasting when a combination of therapies are used.

So What is Plantar Fasciitis?

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The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue that stretches from the heel to the middle foot bones. Its purpose is to support the arch of the foot, and also act as a shock absorber. There are many other ligaments and tendons within the foot, some of which come together with the bones to form the foot arches. The arches allow the foot to hold the weight of the whole body – a pretty important task!

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the fascia due to chronic degeneration or possibly a particular injury. Symptoms of this condition include; an initial spreading of pain or intense pain during first steps/activity, and a lessening pain with moderate activity, but worsening during the day, or after long periods of standing or walking.

Possible Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Being on your feet for a long time or participating in a lot of activity on your feet (running etc)
  • Exercising on a different surface to usual
  • Wearing shoes with poor cushioning or poor arch support
  • Being very overweight can put extra strain on the heel. It can also mean that the damaged tendon is repaired with fat cells rather than tendon cells which in turn makes it weaker.
  • A tight Achilles tendon (the tendon at the bottom of the calf muscle above the heel) can affect the ability to flex the ankle and make damage to the plantar fascia more likely.
  • Not having fully recovered or not having rehabilitation from a previous injury.

As you can see, it is often not completely clear cut why Plantar Fasciitis occurs, but here at Newland, we take into consdieration all of the above in order to know if we can help, and if we can, in order to provide the best possible care plan.

If you would like to talk to us about how we might be able to help you, or to come for a free 15 minute consultation, call us on 01522 538450 or email reception@newlandchiropractic.co.uk