Plantar fasciitis is the diagnosis most commonly used to describe pain in the heel or arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes. The job of the plantar fascia is to support the arch of the foot.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are as follows:
- In the morning, people complain of sharp heel pain with their first few steps.
- Burning in the heel or arch of the foot with standing or walking for a period of time.
- The feeling of muscles pulling in the bottom of the foot with walking or standing.
- People complain of a feeling of their toes curling down and not being able to straighten their toes out.
Common treatments of plantar fasciitis are as follows:
- Rest and ice. Stop exercising and performing activities that irritate the foot. Ice to help to decrease foot pain 2-3 times/day for 10-15 minutes. We usually have patients use a frozen water bottle and roll the foot on top of the bottle for the 10-15 minutes.
- If rest and ice does not help, making an appointment with a physician or podiatrist to have the foot evaluated may be the next step. The physician may order medication, physical therapy, or place an individual in a walking boot to decrease the stress on the foot with walking and standing to allow the plantar fascia to heal.
- If sent to physical therapy, treatments may consist of exercise, deep tissue massage, and modalities. Physical therapy may require 2 times per week for 4-8 weeks to alleviate the symptoms and return a person back to normal function.
Steppin’ Up Physical Therapy has a proven track record of returning people with foot or heel pain back to full function. In fact, one of our offices is within the same building as a podiatry clinic (foot doctor) who refers many of their patients struggling with foot issues to us. They have chosen to refer to us based on the results we get for their patients. Questions? Please call one of our practitioners who can answer your questions regarding foot pain or dysfunction: 260-497-7191.