Recover From Plantar Fasciitis
Foot problems can be a real disaster. One of the most common problems is plantar fasciitis. This occurs as the plantar fascia band in the arch of the foot swells and causes pain. Pain can be produced then in the balls of your feet, in the arch, and in the heel giving overall foot pain for the patient at every step.
Plantar fasciitis occurs mostly because the patients have a foot irregularity that causes the plantar fascia band to tighten. This often includes an irregular foot shape such as flat feet or high-arched feet, which can be the cause of your plantar fasciitis. In most cases, it is a combination of things which cause plantar fasciitis and the right foot health is needed to fix all of the causes.
For example, a combination of tight muscles, flat feet, and inadequate foot wear may be the cause of the plantar fasciitis and unless you fix all three consistently, it will keep coming back.
At Cross Bay Physical Therapy, we make sure to examine all the causes of your foot problem, why it is happening, and how to change it so that not only does your pain disappear but also never comes back.
Here are a few things that we suggest to do during your Physical Therapy program:
1. Calf Stretch - While most people are familiar with calf stretches, you may have both a tight calf and a tight achilles tendon. This means that you need to know how to stretch both the calf and the achilles tendon. Ignoring the achilles tendon, which most people do, is one of the reasons why plantar fasciitis may persist.
2.Strengthening - Although the plantar fascia band is in a bit of a strange spot underneath the foot, it is important to know the exercises that will strengthen your foot. A strong foot is crucial to overcoming plantar fasciitis because the plantar fascia band becomes weak through the process and unless it is strengthening, it will continue to exhibit symptoms. The exercises that we will teach are simple like picking up a towel with your toes but are essential overcoming this problem.
Sever plantar fasciitis takes several weeks to relieve symptoms which is why a person must be vigilant through the recovery process. Also, because of the usual foot irregularities, it has a high chance of recurring. At physical therapy, we teach you what to do consistently so that it won’t come back. This is really why physical therapy is so beneficial. As physical therapists, we not only teach you how to get rid of the pain but also how to ensure the foot doesn't succumb to plantar fasciitis in the future.
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By Benjamin Bieber