Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the soft tissue on the bottom of the foot that attaches at the heel. It is very common in those who are runners and/or are prolonged standing for work. Many report increase in activity level just before onset of pain.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Heel pain into the arch of the first especially with your first steps in the morning or after sitting for a prolonged period, when walking barefoot, or going up/down stairs
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Weakness
  • Calf and/or Achilles tightness

HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?

One of the first parts of your physical therapy treatment will be education on proper footwear including possible need for arch support with inserts. Treatment will include manual or instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, joint mobility to improve range of motion, and manual stretches to reduce tissue tension. Your PT may recommend dry needling or cold laser to control pain. Treatment will also focus on restoring range of motion, strength, and balance. The home exercise program your PT will give you will be very important in your recovery and controlling symptoms going forward as many experience recurrences of pain.

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