What is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia is a very dense fibrous band of connective tissue that sits under the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue becomes inflamed and irritated when the calf muscles contract from overuse and there is a pressure log in the foot. Common patient complaints will be pain in the bottom and inside of the heel, especially in the morning and after prolonged sitting.
Causes and treatment
The causes of plantar fasciitis can be from wearing heels, standing too long, being overweight, having a high arch, tight heel cords, or shoes that don’t support. Treatment of plantar fasciitis includes reduction of inflammation, stretching of muscles and connective tissue, mobilization of the subtalar joint, and stiff and kinesiologic tape to maintain joint positioning to reduce strain on the fascia . A physiotherapist can guide you through wearing braces at night, resting, wearing supportive inserts, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the musculature of the lower leg.
Plantar fasciitis can take months to resolve due to the constant use and wear and tear on our feet. If physical therapy does not resolve it quickly, injections may be a back-up option during your rehabilitation.
If you need physiotherapy for plantar fasciitis, call us at ActiveCare Physical Therapy in New York. We have extensive experience in the treatment of the foot and many others common conditions requiring physical therapy. Contact us to make an appointment or use the easy online site today!