Muscle strains are a common injury among athletes. They can be painful and chronic, making them difficult to treat. Fortunately, there are effective ways to reduce the chance of recurrence and speed up recovery.
Athletes, boxers, wrestlers, and other trained athletes often develop plantar fasciitis during training or competitions when the stress on their feet is great. Other times, it can develop due to overuse or overtraining.
Either way, it’s an injury that should be treated as soon as possible as it can easily get worse if left untreated. Several factors make a strain potentially more serious than others such as the duration, the extent of involvement of the bones in question, as well as any previous injuries.
Our chiropractors at Specific Care Chiropractic are here to help with your Plantation muscle strains treatment. To help you recover quickly and strengthen your muscles, we may utilize chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy.
What Are the Risk Factors for Muscle Strains?
There are many risk factors for plantar fasciitis. The most common include:
- Overuse injuries, such as shin splints (a condition that is caused by repetitive stress to the muscles and tendons in the lower legs)
- Tightness/length of calf muscles
- Previous injuries to the feet or ankles (e.g., sports injuries)
When Is Plantar Fasciitis a Problem?
Plantar fasciitis may be a problem when:
- It occurs suddenly, without warning. This means that you may not feel any pain at first, but after your foot has started to hurt, it will be very painful and may get worse over time if not treated properly.
- It occurs on one side of your foot only (commonly called unilateral plantar fasciitis). In this case, it usually worsens as a result of weight-bearing on the affected foot (e.g., walking or running). However, there are some cases where this happens on both sides of your feet; these cases are rarer.
- Your foot pain is accompanied by a burning, tingling, or numbness in the toes or foot.
- You feel pain when you put weight on your foot.
- Your heel and ankle are sore to the touch.
- You can feel the muscles in your heel contracting when you try to stand up after sitting down (this is called a “crepitus” sensation).
- You have trouble walking or standing up straight because of your foot pain.
How Do I Know If I Have Plantar Fasciitis?
If you have any of these symptoms, it may be time to see a doctor. A doctor will be able to help you determine whether you have plantar fasciitis and, if so, how best to treat it. Plantar fasciitis may be serious if left untreated for long periods, especially if it is not treated properly and successfully at first.
If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, you may decide it’s time to visit a physical therapist who specializes in treating injuries such as this one (if necessary). Ask your doctor about getting an X-ray of your feet if they think this would help determine whether there is any other problem besides plantar fasciitis causing your symptoms (e.g., fractures).
Your doctor may recommend that you wear special shoes for a while until your foot pain is gone. If you have a foot problem that causes pain in your heel, you must wear shoes that fit properly. You may need to buy special shoes or shoes with a wide toe box.
You may also want to wear two pairs of socks at all times, so try wearing two socks at night as well as during the day (one with a thick cushioning sole, and one with a thin cushioning sole). If you are overweight, losing weight can help to alleviate the pain in your heel and improve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
Diagnosis of Plantation Muscle Strains
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, you need to have a thorough examination of the foot and ankle. You should also check for other conditions such as heel spurs and Achilles tendonitis. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may recommend X-rays or an MRI scan of your foot.
Treatment of Plantation Muscle Strains
The treatment of plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of the condition and your goals in terms of recovery. Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan that may include rest, ice or even using medicine.
If you feel pain while running or walking then you must take the time to recover properly by following a proper running program with appropriate stretching exercises to avoid re-injury.
Your doctor may also suggest taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce pain during recovery from a strain. In some cases, surgery is necessary for severe cases of plantar fasciitis in which case it will be performed by an orthopedic surgeon.
Additionally, athletes who get injured from running on hard surfaces need to take steps to protect their feet from further damage and accelerate their recovery process. They should wear shoes that fit well so that there is no pressure on their heels or arches when they run.
Further, they should stretch their ankles regularly; avoid hard surfaces when possible; and treat any pain immediately by avoiding activities that make them feel worse than before the injury occurred (e.g., avoid excessive running).
The next step in healing this condition is stretching appropriately so that your muscles don’t become short and tight after exercising, which may lead to more damage in future exercises (e.g., it causes tendons to tighten up). The best way to stretch is to be sure to perform it daily.
Contact Specific Care Chiropractic for Plantation Muscle Strains Treatment
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our chiropractors will assess the extent of your muscle strain and how it has affected your daily activities. They will then provide you with a treatment plan that can help you to recover faster and strengthen your muscles.
To treat this condition properly, you must receive care from Plantation, FL chiropractors such as ours who have experience treating plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions like Achilles tendonitis. We will assess your injury to provide a treatment plan that will help reduce pain and restore mobility in your foot.
If you are suffering from a muscle strain without knowing how to treat it, do not hesitate to call our office today at (239) 369-9109 for help.