Do you suffer from persistent pain in the bottom of your foot or heel? If so, you may have plantar fasciitis. While this is common, it can be a very painful experience that can affect your daily life and ability to participate in the activities that you really enjoy. In fact, one out of 10 Americans will suffer from plantar fasciitis at some time in their life.
If you think you have plantar fasciitis, here are some common symptoms:
1. Heel pain following a period of inactivity, such as the first few steps in the morning
2. Heel and foot pain with prolonged weight bearing activities, like standing for a long time or being on your feet all day
3. Pain when you press on the bottom inside of your foot where your arch starts
If this is you or someone you know, there is good news. Physical therapy can help! Studies show that people with foot pain who receive physical therapy treatment recover more quickly and with fewer costs than those who do not receive physical therapy.
What to expect:
During your initial appointment, you will first be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist. They will ask questions pertinent to your symptoms followed by a detailed physical exam. Based on their findings they will devise a treatment plan that will include relevant stretches and exercises as well as hands on treatment and modalities that will help to ease your pain.
What you should do:
This part is easy! If you are suffering from heel or foot pain, request a referral from your provider for physical therapy treatment at Atlantic Physical Therapy. Give us a call and we will help you with your pain!
Matthew Savini PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Atlantic Physical Therapy, Ocean View, DE
Image Source: http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.2017.0501