Before and After Chiropractic Care
A 5K and lots of yard work left me struggling with a flare up of my plantar fasciitis. I will certainly seek treatment at the office, you can read more about conservative natural treatment of plantar fasciitis using chiropractic methods here. If you have suffered from plantar fasciitis, you know how painful and debilitating this condition can be.
When you seek treatment discuss with your doctor the appropriateness of the following at home treatments. There are many things you can do at home to begin to heal and supplement your treatment in the office.
- Liberally apply Traumeel ointment to the affected area three times a day. This is a go to treatment for all tissue injuries in my office.
- Anti-inflammatory supplements increasing your dose of EPA rich Omega 3’s and the addition of a high quality bio-available turmeric extract will help reduce inflammatory processes. These treatments are safe and carry none of the side effects of NSAID use. Again, discuss with your doctor before increasing your Omega-3’s.
- Proteolytic enzyme therapy is helpful for soft tissue injury.
- Ice the area often. I take a 3/4 full bottle of water and place it in the freezer, then I use this as a roller to ice and massage the effected area at the same time. A small ball can be used to roll the foot, a tennis ball works well for this, and if tolerable a lacrosse ball.
- Keep moving. The initial impulse is to stay off your feet, however movement is important. I wouldn’t run a marathon, but I will complete short runs and walks. Typically plantar fasciitis pain is most intense on first weight bearing and subsides with continued movement
- After activity it is imperative to stretch the gastrocnemius and the soleus muscles. Scroll down to see videos with the proper form for these two exercises.
Following the above suggestions can make more comfortable and can help speed healing once you begin chiropractic treatment.