Plantar Fasciitis: Restoring Your Happy Feet
By Romeo Salazar MPT, ATC
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a foot condition in which connective tissue at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and painful. The plantar fascia is fan-shaped ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It supports the arch of your foot and acts like a shock absorber, helping you walk. It runs along the sole and attaches to the base of each toe. Heel spurs may form at the origin of the plantar fascia due to ongoing, repetitive stress or overstretching.
Individuals with this condition may experience:
- Pain and tenderness at the bottom of the heel or foot.
- Tenderness along the underside of the foot.
- Aching at the arch of the foot and/or at the ball of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Restoring Your Happy Feet at JOI Rehab
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Home Exercise Program
A home exercise program (HEP) is critical for the successful management of Plantar Fasciitis. This may include: stretches for the muscles of the lower leg and foot, strengthening of the lower leg and foot, and modalities. Lower leg stretches include gastrocnemius (calf) muscle and soleus (deep calf) muscle flexibility exercises in non-weight bearing and weight-bearing positions. Foot stretches include big toe/plantar fascia flexibility exercises. Strengthening exercises may consist of heel raises and toe curls with a towel. Lastly, effective home treatments may include self plantar fascia soft tissue massage using a golf ball and ice massage after exercises. Before starting a HEP, please consult with your JOI Rehab clinician, who will give you an appropriate, comprehensive program with written instructions and illustrations.
“Active Rest” in the Healing Process
Management and treatment of Plantar Fasciitis can be comprehensive. However, it takes time, consistency, and effort by both the patient and clinician to achieve successful rehab results.
Get started on seeking medical attention if you currently have issues with Plantar Fasciitis limiting your normal daily activities. Try to see a physician soon, if you have not already, and ask if Physical Therapy is appropriate for you.
Our knowledgeable and caring clinicians at our multiple JOI Rehab locations are ready and waiting to help you heal, restore, and get back to “Happy Feet.”
- Finally, to schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
- So, if you need to see an Orthopedic Foot Specialist for a new appointment, please call 904-564-2000 or you can schedule online.
JOI & JOI Rehab
JOI Physicians and JOI Rehab Clinicians have developed integrated treatment plans for plantar fasciitis. Theses protocols provide improved outcomes for our patients.