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
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis:
Home Exercise Program for Plantar Fasciitis:
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
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- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.