By Benjamin Ozanne, D.C.
What Exactly Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Patients who have plantar fasciitis have an inflamed plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that goes from the heel to the toes. Inflammation can cause stabbing pains in the heel, especially when a person first stands after lying or sitting for an extended period of time.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is like a string that stretches from the heel to the toe. If it becomes overstretched, small tears can develop in it. Continued over stretching can create many small tears, which eventually leads to inflammation.
Who Treats Plantar Fasciitis?
Both podiatrists and chiropractors are able to treat plantar fasciitis. Often, the condition can be treated naturally with physical therapy, splints, and chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors are able to provide all of these treatments. The most serious cases of plantar fasciitis may require steroid shots, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or surgery, which podiatrists offer.
Is Chiropractic Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis Covered by Health Insurance?
Many health insurance plans offer coverage for plantar fasciitis treatments performed by chiropractors. Because all health insurance plans have their own coverages, terms, and conditions, though, patients should check with their insurer to find out whether their policy provides coverage for chiropractic care.
How Long Does a Plantar Fasciitis Appointment Take?
The treatments that chiropractors provide for plantar fasciitis can be performed as outpatient procedures and in their office. These procedures take only part of a day to complete, often less than an hour, and patients are typically free to go home or to work immediately afterward. Many treatments that podiatrists offer are also done in their office as outpatient procedures. The surgical procedures that podiatrists perform, however, can take longer than non-invasive treatments. Regardless of whether they’re going to a chiropractor or podiatrist, patients can ask precisely how long the treatment they’re having done will take when scheduling it.