Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes heel pain or pain in the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue gets inflamed or develops small tears.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Symptoms of the plantar fasciitis condition include:
- Sharp, stabbing pain in the heel.
- Feeling tightness or pulling in the arch.
- Pain with taking first steps in the morning.
- Pain with walking barefoot or in shoes with little support.
- Pain when standing up after sitting for a while.
- Pain with prolonged activity.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated with physical therapy. At TEAM Physical Therapy, we take the time to thoroughly evaluate your condition and determine the underlying cause of the pain. The pain can be due to poor mobility or flexibility of the foot and ankle or poor movement patterns. Poor footwear or worn-out shoes can contribute as well.
Physical therapy treatment of plantar fasciitis may include stretching or strengthening exercises; soft tissue massage, ice, and taping to alleviate pain; and orthotics or footwear prescription to reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
Plantar Fasciitis Prevention
Tips for preventing the plantar fasciitis condition include:
- Choose shoes with good arch support and cushion.
- Replace your shoes at least every year or more often if you exercise regularly.
- Use a cushioned mat in areas where you stand for one hour or longer.
- Gradually progress your activity level or exercise program.
- Stretch your calves and feet after bouts of walking.
Custom Orthotics Available; Get a Footwear Evaluation
TEAM Physical Therapy in Broken Bow, Burwell, Callaway, Gothenburg, and Kearney offers over-the-counter and custom orthotics. If you have foot pain and want to know if orthotics can help, we are happy to evaluate your condition to determine what is best for you.
In addition, we offer a free footwear analysis. A footwear analysis from TEAM Physical Therapy can help ensure you are in the right footwear for YOU, especially if you plan to be more active in the summer months.