What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

One of the most common causes of foot pain is inflammation of the plantar fascia – a band of tissue that runs on the sole of the foot from heel to the base of the toes — resulting in a painful condition known as plantar fasciitis.

Risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Obesity
  • Calf tightness
  • Abnormally high arch or flat foot
  • Hip and trunk weakness
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Decreased motion of the big toe.

The chief complaint with plantar fasciitis is medial (inner) heel pain. A classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain when stepping out of bed in the morning because the fascia tightens overnight.

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Physical Therapists use specific interventions to treat plantar fasciitis.

  1. Ice massage
  2. Iontophoresis
  3. Foot orthotics

All are commonly prescribed to decrease pain, inflammation and load on the plantar fascia. Once symptoms are no longer acute, stretching, manual therapy, and progression of weight bearing exercises are added to restore full function.

What is Plantar FasciitisPhysical Therapists will also educate patients on proper footwear and possible taping or even night splinting to decrease the chances for recurrence while increasing flexibility.

Lincoln Kinkade, PT, DPT Owner and Sponser for Chill Athlete, also recommends Chill Athlete’s Chill Ball Cooling Therapy Ball. Providing relief for plantar fasciitis, trigger points, muscle knots and myofascial release, the Chill Ball is a different kind of massage ball.

Dynamic Physical Therapy

If you think you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, please call Dynamic Physical Therapy. We utilize a combination of hands-on techniques and therapeutic exercises in a patient-centered environment to truly generate Health In Motion(304) 225-5222!


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By | 2017-05-05T12:13:43-04:00 September 21st, 2016|Foot Pain|0 Comments