What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue on the underside of the foot, connecting from the heel to the ball of the foot. Plantar fasciitis typically occurs from tightening of the tissues under the foot. In addition, changes in the shape of the foot, such as fallen arches or changes in shoe wear can cause plantar fasciitis. Furthermore, with changes in walking posture for a variety of reasons, the strain on the plantar fascia can increase significantly.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly felt as burning or sharp pain on the bottom of the foot when standing on the affected leg. This typically occurs first thing in the morning or with initial standing after sitting for a prolonged period. Pain may be felt mostly in the heel, but can extend along the bottom of the foot.
How physical therapy helps plantar fasciitis
Physical therapy is very beneficial in treating plantar fasciitis. At first we evaluate your movement, posture, walking pattern, ankle and foot mobility. Our gentle hands-on therapy is great for soothing the irritated tissue in the foot and also improving range of motion in the foot and ankle joints.
Therapies to treat the root cause may include manual therapy, laser therapy, cold packs, and stretches for the foot, leg, and low back. Our goal is to alleviate your pain and strengthen your feet for long-term results. Request a complimentary consultation at Wellspring Health Center at Eden Prairie, MN to discover how we can help resolve your plantar fasciitis pain and get you quickly back on your feet!