How Plantar Fasciitis Can Be Treated Through Physical Therapy

Cynergy provides high quality treatment for orthopedic rehabilitation, sports injuries, pain management, TMJ pain, lumbar syndrome and neurological impairments. Their team of physical therapists strives to meet individualized goals because patients have different needs. Even if the injury or pain is identical, treatment can be different to address an individual’s unique needs.

Physical therapy frequently treats plantar fasciitis which is a common foot condition that causes pain on the heels. This condition occurs in about 2 million Americans per year and on 10% of the population during their lifetime.

Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of the thick band of tissue that is called plantar fascia. This runs across the bottom the foot and connects to the heel bone to the toes. The symptom of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pain felt in the first steps every morning. Once the foot limbers up the pain usually decreases but returns after long periods of standing and after getting up from a seating position. Plantar fasciitis is common among runners, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes that have inadequate support.

There are different factors that contribute to development of plantar fasciitis among individuals.

• The condition is common among people between the ages of 40 and 60.

• People whose jobs requires prolonged standing or weight-bearing activities are more prone to plantar fasciitis.

• Rapid increases in lengths and levels of activity like starting on a new running program or changing to a job that requires prolonged standing and walking that you are not accustomed to can result into the development of plantar fasciitis.

• Individuals with the tendency to have flat foot or high arc and those that have decreased muscle flexibility are also prone to the condition.

The treatment for plantar fasciitis is designed as an individual program for every patient based on the initial examination. In many cases, physical therapy treatment may include stretching and straightening exercises in order to improve the flexibility and stability of the ankle and plantar fascia. The patient may be advised to wear supportive footwear and shoe inserts in order to minimize and reduce the stress on the plantar fascia. To decrease pain and inflammation, modalities can be applied with manual therapy.

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