a medical illustration of a foot, where plantar fasciitis can cause crippling pain that can be relieved with physical therapy and other medical attention


What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Faciitis is a common cause of heel pain and ankle pain. Heel pain causes include walking with a pronated step, activities such as prolonged walking or standing, and running sports such as soccer and basketball. These activities can create small tears in the ligament on the bottom of the foot, causing the ligament to become inflamed.

Symptoms of Plantar fasciitis

Heel and arch pain from Plantar Fasciitis is described as both dull and sharp, and may be more intense upon awakening, after walking and standing for long periods of time, and going up or down stairs. Also, tenderness to the touch, swelling or a hot sensation in the foot and ankle.

Plantar fasciitis treatment

Stretches for Plantar Faciitis and flexibility exercises to help restore lost range of motion are the best treatment for plantar fasciitis. Application of a topical anti-inflammatory may also help. As plantar fasciitis exercise helps your pain and inflammation recede, we will add plantar fasciitis exercises for strength and endurance. If pain in heel persists, or if it is severe, your doctor or our physician may prescribe a splint or soft brace.

If you or someone you know suffers from Plantar or Achilles Fasciitis, please contact the clinic nearest you to speak to one of our licensed physical therapists. A prescription from your Primary Care Physician is all you need to initiate your health insurance benefits.

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