End Plantar Fasciitis With Physical Therapy
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions with more than 3 million cases diagnosed each year. There are many causes of plantar fasciitis including tight muscles and incorrect footwear.
The physical therapists at Cross Bay Physical Therapy are not only familiar with how each cause my be affecting your feet but also how to solve this problem permanently. There are a few steps which are sure to help you relieve your plantar fasciitis condition.
What works for plantar fasciitis is a combination of stretching, strengthening, and deep tissue massage. At the same time, there may be other weak muscles in the body that are contributing to muscle tightness and weakness.
Firstly, we need to make sure you are wearing the right shoes for your feet. Everyone has a different foot type and not every shoe aligns with your foot type. You can be unknowingly wearing shoes that actually create this painful foot condition. If you have high-arched feet or flat feet, you need to make sure that the shoes you are wearing support this foot style.
Loosen And Strengthen Your Feet And Ankle
Next, tight calf and foot muscles contract the plantar fascia band eventually causing muscle weakness and tissue damage. Our physical therapists will create an individualized plan for you at your first visit, which includes stretching and strengthening of the main muscles that affect the plantar fascia band.
Firstly, a tight calf muscle and achilles tendon will cause the plantar fascia band to constrict. We need to make sure your calf muscles, achilles tendon, and plantar fascia band stay loose and we do this through a series of consistent stretching exercises. Loose foot muscles slow down the weakening of the plantar fascia band helping it to avoid tissue damage.
Next, we need to strengthen the plantar fascia band in order for your feet to handle daily movement and prevent the continuing process of tissue decay. By strengthening your plantar fascia band, we also rebuild this tendon making it strong again and able to handle any of life’s difficulties. It will also protect you against any temporary muscle tightness like calf tightness.
Deep Tissue Massage
Finally, our physical therapists applied consistent deep tissue massage to relieve an knots and scar tissue build up. Pro-longed plantar fasciitis creates a scar tissue build up that prevents the plantar fascia band from healing and by getting rid of this scar tissue through deep tissue massage, the plantar fascia band will be allowed to heal and heal quickly.
Plantar Fasciitis is one of those conditions that quickly gets worse without treatment becoming intolerable. It is best to seek out physical therapy right away and get to a point where your feet aren’t in a downward spiral of pain, weakness, and injury.
Call (718) 835-0084 and schedule your appointment.