Chronic or acute pain and tenderness at the bottom of the foot or heel could be diagnosed as plantar fasciopathy. There is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot. It goes from the toes to the heel bone. It can become inflamed and this results in discomfort.
Often, the pain experienced is at its worst first thing in the morning. As a result, the first few steps of standing or walking for extended periods can increase levels of pain.
If Left Untreated, It Can Result In:
- Chronic pain, hindering regular activities.
- An irregular gait pattern, due to the pain, inducing foot, knee, hip and/or back issues.
How Physical Therapy Can Help:
A Physical Therapist will begin by conducting a gait analysis. They will instruct the patient in a series of exercises to correct gait decisions. These exercises will work to stretch the plantar fascia and associated tendons and muscles, as well as strengthen the lower leg musculature to help stabilize the foot and ankle. A clinician can also conduct ankle and foot joint mobilizations and manipulations, and dry needling to the calf muscles to minimize pain.
With offices in West Chester, Downingtown and Coatesville, our licensed physical therapists are available to see your patients within 24-48 hours. We’re here to help get your patients better faster!