From runners to football players to people with physical jobs, plantar fasciitis is a term that can strike fear into the heart of anyone who spends time on their feet. The stabbing heel pain associated with this foot injury can make every step excruciating and diminish your ability to participate in your favorite activities or jeopardize your productivity at work.
Named for the plantar fascia, which is a bundle of soft tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue becomes overly tight, strained or inflamed. Since this band of muscle and connective tissue helps connect the heel to the forefoot, its injury typically results in the sharp heel pain that is the hallmark symptom. Pain can occur throughout the day, but is often worse in the morning.
While this can be a short-term problem for some that only requires basic rest, ice, compression and elevation to improve, for others it can become an ongoing issue. In these cases, working with a trained physical therapist can provide a number of benefits and be an effective part of a comprehensive treatment plan, whether the injury is sports– or lifestyle-related.
Specific advantages of physical therapy for plantar fasciitis
A physical therapist has the training and knowledge necessary to identify specific movements and structural issues that are causing an increased strain on the plantar fascia. After a physical examination and movement tests, you can work together to develop a physical therapy plan that accomplishes the following goals:
- Addresses muscle imbalances
- Improves posture
- Strengthens the foot and other supporting muscles
- Breaks up and relaxes tight and inflamed tissue
- Fixes mechanical issues that increase strain on the foot
- Makes lifestyle and ergonomic improvements to decrease the likelihood of reinjury
It may take some trial and error to properly isolate and treat the underlying contributors to your plantar fasciitis, but by being patient and proactive it is possible to effectively manage this injury.
Trust the biomechanical experts at Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
If you’re seeking physical therapy for plantar fasciitis, Arrow can help. Our highly trained and compassionate therapists have the biomechanical expertise you need to help you address the primary causes of this painful condition. We’re passionate about helping people overcome their pain and get back to the healthy and active lifestyle they deserve.
To learn more about our treatment options, staff, locations and how to schedule your initial appointment, contact us today.