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Plantar fasciitis and physical therapy

Have you ever felt pain in your heels after a long working day in which you were physically active or after wearing heels for a long duration you may experience pain in your heels? If without any more proper care you daily involve yourself in such activities in which you experience pain in your heels then it can lead to a permanent tender disorder named plantar fasciitis.
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Disorder in which you feel pain at the bottom of your heel plantar fascia is a web-like ligament that connects your heel to toes and also acts as a shock absorber for you

Symptoms

It is one of the most common orthopedic complaints in senior age people. plantar fascia ligament experiences a ton of pressure. If the  pressure exceeds the bearing capacity of the plantar fascia ligament then it can lead to plantar fasciitis

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain and stiffness in the heels it can affect both feet equally. some people also feel burning pain there because of inflammation reactions of the body. The pain is worse when after a long time you stand up or use your plantar fascia ligament. learn more…

Causes

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is

  • Excessive pressure or excessive weight-bearing exercises
  • Improper shoes
  • Loss of ankle dorsiflexion
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Elevated BMI 
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • weakness of Gastrocnemius, Soleus, Tendoachilles tendon, and intrinsic muscle

Treatment

Common treatment of plantar fasciitis involves the use of NSAIDs and physical therapy treatments but we can say that primarily the treatment is done by a physical therapist completely. The most common technique of physical therapy used for plantar fasciitis is

  • Strength training

This high level of strength training increase, the weight-bearing capacity of the plantar fascia and are seen to significantly reduce the pain as well

  • Stretching

Stretching exercises are done which can relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis because of bad shoe choices. In addition to that, it also provides flexibility which was reduced due to inflammation of the plantar fascia

  • Mobilization

Various mobilization and manipulation techniques such as mobilization of posterior talocrural joint mobilization and subtalar joint distraction manipulation Ankle, subtalar, and midfoot joint mobilizations are seen to decrease pain and relief symptoms in most the cases

  • Cytotherapy

Applying an ice pack also relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis and also reduce inflammation as well

  • Taping

Applying tape which keeps the plantar fascia ligament in place for a week and also helps in the treatment of plantar fasciitis

Conclusion

An expert physical therapist can help you design your customized set of exercises for plantar fasciitis but remember the symptom doesn’t go away instantly but takes longer durations depending on the degree of damage done to your plantar fascia ligament.

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