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Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes heel pain. The tissue that connects the ball of your foot to your heel can sometimes become injured due to strain and cause inflammation and pain. This is usually due to repeated activities placing weight on the plantar fascia (the tissue that supports the arch in your foot).
Plantar fasciitis occurs most often with runners or people who are on their feet for lengthy periods at a time.
The symptoms of plantar fasciitis usually start after you have increased your activity or started spending more time on your feet. You may feel a sharp pain in your heel along with a tightening of the arch in your foot. Sometimes the pain may only be at certain times of the day or during certain activities. You may notice pain when you are barefoot or when you are wearing shoes with less than perfect arch support.
When you first see the physical therapist, he or she will go over your medical history and will ask you question regarding your work and sport activity levels along with any other questions that will help the therapist rule out other possible injuries or health problems. They will also physically inspect the heel while stretching your foot in different ways that will help confirm the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis.
Your physical therapist will discuss a treatment plan with you that is customized to treat you specifically. The goal of your treatment will be to reduce your pain over time while you are consistently attending physical therapy sessions along with performing any exercises/stretches or “homework” that the therapist prescribes. In most cases your plantar fasciitis will be resolved and usually does not lead surgery.
Call Allied Physical Therapy at one of our three locations or request an appointment online.