By Levneet Sran
Have you noticed a stabbing pain in your foot? Mainly when you’ve just taken your first few steps in the morning? You may have what’s medically known as Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis, according to the Mayo Clinic, “involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).”
The primary symptoms include heel pain, foot pain, stiffness, and tenderness. It can affect both athletic or sedentary people. It’s caused by repeated strain injury to the ligament of the sole of the foot by activities such as running, lifting weights, dancing or wearing shoes without arch support.
Plantar Fasciitis is very common, so much so that orthoinfo.org stated that there are over 2 million cases of Plantar Fasciitis in the United States every year. Some cases are mild enough that they can be resolved by using conservative measures, as the Mayo Clinic suggests, maintaining a healthy weight, choosing supportive shoes or changing your sport. However, other cases may have such debilitate pain that they require professional help and may need to make an appointment with a physical therapist. A study conducted by the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy supported prior studies that show that patients who receive evidence-based physical therapy for their foot showed a faster recovery time than those who did not receive physical therapy.
When treated for Plantar Fasciitis, your physical therapists may offer a combination of manual therapy and exercises to reduce pain. Mark McCoy, DPT and owner of Performance Physical Therapy says “we help a lot of folks with plantar fasciitis and most respond really well to physical therapy.” He said treatment could consist of modalities like ultrasound phonophoresis, iontophoresis, electrotherapy and some good old fashion ice. “Soft tissue mobilization and stretching are also key to changing and healing the tissue” he added. One tip we recommend is an ice massage, you can do this in the comfort of your own home to relieve pain throughout the day. The video below shows how a frozen water bottle can be used to reduce inflammation:
If you’re suffering from severe pain or discomfort please reach out to us. We will work with you and your schedule to get you the care — and the results you deserve. Come join the family! We have four locations; J Street, Rancho Cordova, Roseville and Folsom.