Our feet take us many places, yet we don’t pay them much attention until they begin to give us trouble. One ailment affecting the feet, plantar fasciitis, is the most common cause of heel pain. It is inflammation or irritation of the plantar fascia, the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes of the foot.
This inflammation develops from overstretching the plantar fascia through excessive pressure on the feet, tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles, high arches or flat feet or perhaps poor shoes. As we walk, the pressure from body weight flattens the foot causing overstretching to the plantar fascia. If left untreated the condition can become very painful. This can result in a tear to the plantar fascia which may require surgical intervention.
Runners, and those who spend many hours on their feet or who are overweight, are at the highest risk of developing the condition. The pain is usually most prevalent in the first few steps in the morning but decreases throughout the day as the foot loosens.
Fortunately, with physical therapy, this painful ailment is very treatable! After a thorough evaluation of the severity of your plantar fasciitis, a physical therapist can help you reverse the course of this condition and even completely eliminate the pain. Some successful treatment options include:
- Stretching and flexibility exercises of the plantar fascia
- Foot strengthening exercises
- Graston Technique (link to this technique on website)
- Proper shoes
- Wearing a night splint
- Icing and heating
To learn more about plantar fasciitis or to schedule a free consultation with one of our physical therapists, click here. We look forward to working with you to get you back on your feet doing the things you love most.