Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar-Fasciitis[1]Diagnosis: The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot and acts as a support to the arch. This tissue can get inflamed causing pain in the bottom of the foot usually with the first few steps of walking in the morning.

Causes: Plantar fasciitis is causes by repetitive stretching to the tissue. Risk factors include:

  • Prolonged standing or weight bearing activity
  • Rapid increase in length or intensity of activity
  • Tightness in the calf muscle
  • Overweight
  • Age (between 40 and 60)

Symptoms: Plantar fasciitis typically presents as a stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel and tightness/tenderness in the arch

  • First thing in the morning
  • Prolonged standing and walking
  • Walking barefoot or in shoes with poor arch support
  • After an intense running session

Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Goals of therapy will be to decrease pain and will focus on

  • Mechanical diagnosis and treatment
  • Improving lower leg flexibility
  • Manual mobilizations
  • Proper footwear
  • Addressing any lower leg malalignments