plantar-funk-you-upis (alt. title: how to heal your plantar fasciitis)
That tight, burning sensation you feel along the bottom of your foot might just be the onset of plantar fasciitis. Simply put, plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick connective tissue (fascia) that runs on the sole of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Changes in footwear, gait or injuries in other lower body structures can throw off the normal biomechanics of the foot, making the plantar fascia work harder to stabilize the foot. If left untreated acute plantar fasciitis can become chronic and lead to heel spurs and further musculoskeletal issues up the calf, knee and hip (bad news)
The good news is that plantar fasciitis responds really, really well to conservative treatment and physical therapy. The sooner you seek treatment for your pain, the better the response to non-invasive treatments and the faster you can recover - win/win!
A physical therapist can start treating your acute symptoms with manual therapy treatments such as:
- deep tissue massage
- instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
- therapeutic dry needling
- joint mobilization
A home exercise program is prescribed early-on so that you can build strength and flexibility at home. And then, THE BEST PART, a physical therapist can also perform a full musculoskeletal examination of your body mechanics to diagnose any concurrent strength and flexibility issues that are causing the plantar fascia to inflame in the first place. You're going to feel great!
Watch below for the 3 tools that I have all of my clients suffering from plantar fasciitis use to help heal their plantar fasciitis faster. Then get in touch with your physical therapist to take care of this foot drama once and for all.