Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue, that’s located at the bottom of your foot, which runs from your heel to your toes. Plantar Fasciitis causes pain in your heel and is normally worse when you take your first steps in the morning, or after you have been sitting for a long time. It tends to feel better with activity but worsens after you have spent prolonged periods of time on your feet.
High Risks Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
- If you are female.
- If you are 40-60 years old.
- If you are obese.
- If you have flat feet- or high arches.
- If you have tight Achilles tendons, or “heel cords”
- If you have an unusual walk or foot position.
- If you often wear high-heeled shoes.
- If you spend much of your day standing.
- If you wear worn-out shoes or shoes with thin soles.
Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
When diagnosing plantar fasciitis, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and check your feet to see where you’re having pain. You may have to have imaging tests done to ensure something else isn’t causing your problem. These tests may include an x-ray to rule out bone fractures or arthritis, or an MRI to look for tissue damage.
- Icing the area that is causing you pain.
- Night splints,
- Physical therapy to stretch your colt musculature and mobilize fascia, and strengthen your leg muscles, making your ankle and heel more stable.
- Supportive shoes or shoe inserts.
Once you are diagnosed and begin the treatment process, you’ll typically see improvements within 10 months. If your pain is not decreasing by then, your doctor may begin treatments that include shots of cortisone to ease inflammation. In very rare cases, surgery may be required.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms or are looking for more information, Atlantic Physical Therapy can help! Their highly qualified physical therapists can conduct an evaluation of your symptoms and match you with the treatment that you need. Contact the experts at Atlantic Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment.