According to statistics, there are over 2 million people in America that suffer from this condition every year and 10% of Americans have it in their lifetime. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that can occur to everyone but more common to those who are above 40 years. Plantar fasciitis is basically a condition where one experiences pain at the heel and/or along the arch especially when one exerts weight on the foot.
Sometimes this condition can be chronic that it affects the mobility of the patient; that means they will no longer enjoy their recreation and work. It can be a sad case. At
Fusion Physical Therapy, we understand how distressing it can be when you can no longer walk. That’s why we have our expert physical therapists that ensure you are back on your feet without any surgery.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
There are factors that contribute to the tearing and/or inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a thick band of tissues that connect the heel to the ball of your foot. Such factors include:
- Prolonged standing
- Weight-bearing activity
- A sudden increase in length
- A rapid increase in the levels of activity
- Flat foot
- High body weight/mass
- Less flexibility in the calf muscle
Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Before our physical therapists decide the best treatment for you, they carry out a thorough examination to determine the cause of plantar fasciitis. After you discover the following signs, visit us at Lawton Physical Therapy for a more thorough checkup and treatment:
- Stabbing pain at your heel when:
- you have prolonged standing
- climbing stairs
- doing intense activities after running
- stepping out of bed
- walking barefooted
- in poor shoes that have no good support
The pain sometimes decreases when the temperatures decreases and the victim may limp out of pain.
How We Diagnose
We don’t want you to start or continue limping hence investing trained physical therapists to your health. They are dedicated to carrying out your medical history and evaluation to know the specific cause of your problem. They do palpation, dorsiflexion, stretching exercises, selection of supportive footwear, iontophoresis, taping the foot, and even application of ice.
Besides, they will teach you how to avoid the future occurrence of plantar fasciitis. Book an appointment with us today to start your healing process.