Plantar Fasciitis and Physical Therapy

Plantar FasciitisPlantar Fasciitis is the culprit of many cases of heel pains. People suffering from this condition experience stabbing pains in the arches of their feet or in their heels. The pain is often felt every time weight or pressure is put on a patient’s feet, e.g. when getting out of bed in the morning and taking the first steps, or following prolonged periods of standing up.

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tissue that connects your toes to the heel bone. This condition is quite common; it affects people from all walks of life including weekend warriors, high-level sportspersons, and even those who’ve been living largely inactive lives but are now resuming regular, more intense activities.

Plantar Fasciitis typically occurs through repetitive tearing and stretching of the plantar fascia as a result of constant tension and stress in the area. Over time, the tissue gets inflamed and irritated. Given the diverse causes of Plantar Fasciitis, it is important for you to be properly examined to determine the exact underlying causes of your condition.

Factors that May Contribute to Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis may occur after repeated sessions of exercises; or after sitting or standing for long periods of time. But there are other factors to consider that may have helped advance your heel pain.

  • Age – this condition is most common with people between the ages of 40 and 60
  • The habit of an abnormal walking pattern
  • Being flat-footed
  • Obesity

Plantar fasciitis must be treated right away, because alleviating it on your own will force you to change something in your movement – mostly the way you walk – which in turn puts pressure on your hip, back, knee, and foot; potentially developing pain in these areas too.

Visit us at Fusion Physical Therapy so we can help you avoid worsening your condition.

How we can help you

Fusion Physical Therapy has a team of professionally trained experts who can examine you, observe how you walk, test muscle strength and local tissue irritability, and study your medical history (medications, previous/current medical conditions, current symptoms) thoroughly.

This team of professionals will design a treatment program specific to your particular needs, which will result in helping you walk pain-free without needing surgery. Contact us at Fusion Physical Therapy today and take your first step into walking well and pain-free.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar FasciitisAccording 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
  • Age
  • 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.

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.