Plantar Fasciitis pain is one of the many symptoms we treat. It’s one of the most common causes of foot pain, especially under the heel or toward the back of the foot. Patients typically experience plantar fasciitis as a stabbing pain, and it is especially common after long periods of sitting or lying down.
The pain generally subsides as patients move around more, but it can be excruciating when getting up first thing in the morning. Our doctors address the underlying causes of plantar fasciitis to create a specialized treatment plan for each patient with this issue.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs in the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue running from your heels to your toes. This thick piece of tissue typically absorbs shock and supports the arch of your foot. Over time, the tension and stress on your plantar fascia can create tears, inflammation, and irritation. Eventually, the stretching and tearing can become extremely painful.
It is common to experience this kind of pain as an effect of aging, and symptoms often manifest between the years of 40 and 60. Having high arches or flat-footedness can also contribute more stress on your plantar fascia. Obesity is hard on the feet, as are professions or activities where you spend a lot of time on your feet. Some exercise can also make plantar fasciitis worse, so it’s important to see a physical therapist who can help you regain strength in that area.
Our physical therapists specialize in rebuilding strength to heal damaged tissue, which is exactly what patients need for plantar fasciitis. We start with easy, low impact exercises to make sure we don’t make the injury any worse than it already is. From there, we gradually increase the exercises to restore strength to the area.
Physical therapy might be paired with massage, contrast baths, and local stem cell injections to help repair the damaged tissue. All of these are very natural ways to heal your body. Rest and ice will help you recover further between therapy sessions.
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All of our methods for treating chronic pain like plantar fasciitis are completely naturopathic. We do not perform invasive surgeries or prescribe potentially harmful medication. Take a healthy approach to your foot pain by contacting our staff today.