Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar FaciitisStudies show that more than 3 Million people are diagnosed per year and approximately one out of 10 people in the US experience a persistent pain that is located on the bottom of the foot called plantar fasciitis. How do you know if you might be one of these 3 Million people plus? Do you wake up in the morning and experience a stabbing pain near the heel of your foot? If you stand for prolonged periods of standing, do you feel any pain? If this is a familiar pain for you please note you are not alone.

There is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bones to your toes and when they become inflamed you experience plantar fasciitis.  Tissue restrictions and muscle imbalances can develop in parts of the hips, legs and foot and cause the soft tissue to be hindered and not move freely which compromises the entire body which are a few dysfunctions of plantar fasciitis.

Treatment of plantar fasciitis consists of a few different options and is usually self-treatable as well as self-diagnosed. However according to several different studies one of the best treatment plans is physical therapy. In fact in 2014, the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, published updated clinical practice guidelines on the best treatments for patients with plantar fasciitis. These guidelines strongly suggest a combination of manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises help patients with plantar fasciitis. At Fusion Physical Therapy we will evaluate the leg and foot alignment to examine problems that may have caused the heel pain and create a customized treatment plan that may include the following:

  1. Calf stretches
  2. Muscle strengthening
  3. Foot stretches
  4. Trigger Point Dry Needling
  5. Manual therapy such as ankle mobilization
  6. Measure for heel lifts or other inserts to wear

Our physical therapists will also spend time with you to teach proper stretching and strengthening exercises that will increase the recovery process to treat the plantar fasciitis. Our goal at Fusion Physical Therapy is to help you regain your mobility and return to your regular daily living activities pain free. Schedule your appointment today by calling 580-699-5455 or at www.