- Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse injury to the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot
- Symptoms include pain under the heel, worse in the morning
- Physiotherapy treatment can help improve plantar fasciitis
- Treatment involves: Managing load on Tissues, manual therapy, exercises and focused shockwave therapy
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What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs from the base of the heel to the toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and acts like a spring during normal walking. Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain and inflammation in the heel and bottom of the foot. Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option for plantar fasciitis, helping to reduce pain and improve mobility.
How Do Physios Treat Plantar Fasciitis?
Early treatment usually involves correcting the contributing factors by modifying load, improving the biomechanics of the foot and ankle, stretching tight muscles and improving the range of movement of the foot and ankle. We may also use soft tissue massage to improve the mobility of the calf muscles and plantar fascia, or dry needling of the plantar fascia.
The goals of physiotherapy treatment for plantar fasciitis include reducing pain, improving flexibility and strength, and preventing future injuries.
Common Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
1. Stretching exercises: These exercises help to stretch the tight calf muscles and plantar fascia, which can relieve pressure on the heel and reduce pain.
2. Strengthening exercises: These exercises help to strengthen the foot and ankle muscles, which can improve stability and reduce the risk of further injury.
3. Manual therapy: techniques such as massage and dry needling to help improve circulation, reduce inflammation and muscle tightness, and relieve pain.
4. Focused Shockwave therapy: A non-invasive treatment that uses low intensity shockwaves to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This treatment has a very high success rate even in chronic cases of plantar fasciitis.
6. Taping and bracing: Taping or bracing the foot can help to support the arch and reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
In addition to these treatments, a physiotherapist may also provide advice on footwear, orthotics, and activity modification to help prevent future injuries.
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