Plantar Fasciitis: Symptoms and Management

Plantar Fasciitis: Symptoms and Management

Do you or a loved one wake up in the morning with stabbing pain in your feet? Do they feel bruised when you’ve walked too long? You may be suffering from plantar fasciitis and physical therapy has treatment options that can help you!

What is plantar fasciitis and what are the common symptoms?

Our foot has a thick, fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot known as the plantar fascia. This band of tissue runs from the heel of the foot all the way to the toes and when it gets overstretched it can result in micro-tearing that causes varying intensity of inflammation. Factors that contribute to the pain include having no arch, too high an arch, wearing unsupportive footwear with worn-out or thin soles, or having tight calves and heel cords. In most cases the onset of pain is gradual and may feel like you’re walking on a stone. Common symptoms include stabbing, sharp pain near the heel with the first steps in the morning, pain at the end of the day after being on your feet for a long time, and pain upon standing after prolonged sitting or after exercise. This pain can cause limitations in mobility, daily living activities, and recreational activities.

Why is physical therapy a great treatment option?

Physical therapy utilizes different modalities to attack the pain including a combination of exercises, manual therapy techniques, patient education and a comprehensive home exercise program all for the purpose of alleviating your pain, improving your mobility, regaining strength and flexibility and to get you back to doing what you love. Your therapist not only evaluates your affected foot but also assesses for dysfunction of the hip, knee and ankle for patterns that could be contributing to your foot pain.

Some treatments that physical therapy will provide to alleviate your plantar fasciitis pain:

What are some additional treatment options?

Plantar fasciitis pain can be very stubborn and can last anywhere from months to years based on the severity of the symptoms and the longer it goes untreated the condition can become more difficult to address. If conservative management fails then other kinds of treatment that may help can include medications, custom made orthotics, steroid injections, and surgery.


Contact Loudoun Physical Therapy today to get rid of your plantar fasciitis!

Purvi Trivedi

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