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Plantar Fasciitis

Identify the cause, learn exercises, and prevent a recurrence of plantar fasciitis while reducing pain.

Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain or bottom of the foot pain. It is the result of irritation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that extends from the heel to the toes and helps to support the arch of the foot. It often develops slowly and is most painful first thing in the morning or after prolonged rest.

Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis can help treat the pain that comes with plantar fasciitis by reducing inflammation and improving biomechanics.

Causes of plantar fasciitis

Faulty foot biomechanics are ultimately the cause of most cases of plantar fasciitis. Contributing factors include running, an occupation that requires long hours of standing, tightness in the calf and lower leg muscles, improper footwear, and obesity–especially in the case of rapid weight gain.

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How we treat plantar fasciitis

Treatment for plantar fasciitis begins with a thorough examination of the entire lower extremity. This includes your leg, food, and ankle biomechanics, as well as gait analysis. Often the symptoms are caused due to faulty biomechanics. Treatment will include addressing the local inflammation as well as improving biomechanics to decrease the stress on the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis treatment may include:

  • Joint mobilization/manual therapy
  • Proprioceptive/gait training
  • Strengthening/flexibility exercises of the entire lower extremity
  • Home exercise program
  • Anti-inflammatory modalities
  • Taping
  • Orthotics
  • Education about lifestyle changes
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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

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