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My Foot Hurts! Could it be Plantar Fasciitis?

My Foot Hurts! Could it be Plantar Fasciitis?

Why does my foot hurt?

Have you noticed a stabbing pain in your foot? Especially during the morning? Your foot pain may actually be Plantar Fasciitis.

The Mayo Clinic states, “…(plantar fascia) is the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes .”

The primary symptoms include heel pain, foot pain, stiffness, and tenderness. It can affect both athletic or sedentary people[2]. What causes Plantar Fasciitis is repeated strain injury to the ligament of the sole of the foot. This can be from activities such as running, lifting weights, dancing or wearing shoes without arch support.

You’re Not Alone

Plantar Fasciitis is very common. Just how common is it? According to Orthoinfo.org, there are over 2 million cases of Plantar Fasciitis in the United States every year[3].  Some cases are mild enough that they can be resolved by using conservative measures. For example, the Mayo Clinic suggests maintaining a healthy weight, choosing supportive shoes or changing your sport[4]. However, other cases may have such debilitating pain that they require professional help. 

Now is the Time to Say Goodbye to Your Foot Pain

If you live in the Sacramento region, it’s easy to make an appointment with our physical therapists. A study conducted by the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy supported prior studies showing patients who receive evidence-based physical therapy for their foot showed a faster recovery time than those who did not receive physical therapy[5].  

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.” Treatment may consist of modalities like ultrasound phonophoresis, iontophoresis, electrotherapy and some good old fashion ice. He also added, “Soft tissue mobilization and stretching are also key to changing and healing the tissue.”

For immediate relief, one recommended tip is an ice massage to relieve pain throughout the day.

The video below shows how a frozen water bottle can 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.

 

 

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