Plantar Fasciitis? What does it even mean?
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition affecting the sole of the foot. Most experience an achy heel pain that is present mostly in the morning. Typically, those who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis dislike pressure placed in this area.
The plantar fascia is the thickened tissue on the sole of your foot. It pads the foot as well as having elastic properties to help transmit the forces of the calf muscle, allowing you to spring. It provides shape to your foot arch, providing shock absorption and an even distribution of your weight as you put weight through your leg. If too much demand is placed on the plantar fascia, it can inflame and become painful.
Good news, Plantar Fasciitis can be treated with Physical Therapy, manual and strength exercises!
Recognizing the early warning signs is key to a speedy recovery:
- Heel pain that is present in the mornings
- Heel pain that is present for greater than 2-3 consecutive days
- Heel pain with working out or with activities such as hiking or running
Tips and tricks
- Avoid overdoing the things that particularly provoke your pain.
- Weight-bearing activities such as walking and running are common aggravators, so temporarily reduce these or substitute them for swimming or cycling, which do not put so much load through the plantar fascia.
- Perform modified exercises regularly throughout the day, ensuring you hold these positions. This will help to reduce any excess load on the plantar fascia.
- Most would treat Plantar Fasciitis with footwear adjustments such as arch supports; however, this can only make our feet dependent on these expensive temporary solutions… Would it be nice to fix the problem in the first place?
Seek Physical Therapy BEFORE it becomes a major issue! There is a lot of manual therapy and exercise interventions to address YOUR SPECIFIC issues!
Plantar Fasciitis could be 100% caused by issues that involve neighboring joints such as your hips, knees, and other joints. Let’s look up and down the chain and treat you as a whole person… Shall we?
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