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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar Fasciitis

The Truth About Plantar Fasciitis

An extremely common cause of heel pain and swelling, plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue supporting the arch of your foot, becomes inflamed. This condition often affects people who are physically active, especially runners and athletes involved in jumping sports. 


Fortunately, plantar fasciitis physical therapy can help relieve your symptoms quickly and effectively so you can get back to enjoying your favorite sports or activities as soon as possible.

What is plantar fasciitis?

First described by a German doctor in 1846, plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by pain on both sides of your heel. It can strike even young people without warning. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes. The primary function of the fascia is to support your arch and help you push off when you walk or run. When it becomes inflamed, it’s known as plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is often characterized by a stabbing pain occurring during physical activity. Other symptoms include tenderness to touch on the bottom of your foot; stiffness in the morning or when you first stand up; inflammation; swelling; and heel pain. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis can range from mild to severe and can affect you whether you’re simply standing up in your morning routine or playing sports.

How can you treat plantar fasciitis?

The best way to treat plantar fasciitis is with a combination of ice, stretching, physical therapy (like at Pinnacle Physical Therapy), and custom-made orthotics. If your plantar fasciitis keeps coming back, it might be caused by something different than heel spurs or flat feet.

What treatments does Pinnacle offer for foot pain?

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At Pinnacle Physical Therapy, we are proud to offer a wide range of services that can help alleviate foot pain. Our therapists provide physical therapy to treat various conditions related to foot pain, including plantar fasciitis. We use manual therapies such as massage, myofascial release techniques, and stretching exercises to reduce inflammation in your feet. 


In addition to these treatments for foot pain relief in general (and plantar fasciitis specifically), our clinic offers custom orthotics for those suffering from heel or arch pain who may need extra support or padding in their shoes.

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