What is Plantar Fasciitis?

In our foot, we have thick tissue known as a PLANTAR FASCIA, which plays an important role in the biomechanics of the foot. Along with providing shape to our foot arch, it also has elastic properties to aid in transmitting forces coming from calf muscles. If it comes in situations where you overuse it, the fascia can become inflame and give pain in the heel due to a repetitive strain.

Some of the examples which can lead to this inflammation are Hiking on holidays, wearing high heels, Wearing unsupportive shoes/sandals. Though it can occur because of trauma or some multifactorial causes too.

Risk Factors:

Other than prolonged weight-bearing activities, numerous factors which puts you in risk of having plantar fasciitis:

o   Pes Cavus (High arch)/Pes Planus (low arch)

o   Improper shoe fit

o   Tight Calf muscles

o   Leg length discrepancy (Unequal leg length)

o   Higher BMI

o   Diabetes

Signs & Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis:

o   Heel pain with first steps in the morning & after long periods of sitting

o   Tender inner side of the heel

o   Worse pain while walking barefoot &/ on hard surfaces

o   Limited ankle movements

 

Signs & Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis: The Key to Recovering from Plantar Fasciitis:

Is to recognize the early warning signs mentioned above and follow certain steps:

o   Avoid activities that triggers your pain

o   Avoid prolonged walking, running

o   Promote non-weight bearing physical activities like, cycling, swimming.

o   Start wearing supportive footwears with a good arch.

o   Start wearing insoles/orthotics to correct the biomechanics of your foot.

    How Physiotherapy Can Help manage your Plantar Fasciitis

    Physiotherapy treatment for Plantar fasciitis includes Stretching and strengthening program for Calf muscles and plantar fascia to reduce muscle imbalance. Ankle mobilization/manipulation for joint mobility and modalities such as ultrasound helps to control inflamed structures.

    Acupuncture and Dry Needling play a major role in pain management and soft tissue flexibility. Additionally, Taping and foot orthoses aids to prevent progression of condition.

    This describes the general protocol for plantar fasciitis, at Integrative Physiotherapy our treatment sessions are always personalized to the patient and done without an assistant. 

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