by Crafted Physical Therapy
Plantar Fasciitis is a common, but painful foot injury usually occurring in runners. It’s characterized by a stabbing pain that usually begins first thing in the morning as soon as pressure is applied to the foot. Pain usually decreases with movements of the day, but may return after long periods of inactivity. The cause is inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes.
Several factors can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis including:
Age: plantar fasciitis usually develops between the ages of 40- 60
Exercise: like previously stated, plantar fasciitis is typically seen in runners and those who place tremendous stress on the heel and attached tissues. Examples include ballet dancers and aerobic instructors
Foot Structure: flat feet, high arches or even an unusual walking pattern can be contributing factors. If weight is distributed unevenly when standing and walking, it can place added stress on the fascia
Obesity: excess weight on the foot can place additional stress on the fascia
Occupational hazards: jobs that require many hours standing on hard surfaces or walking can place damage the fascia
Avoiding seeking treatment for plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that affects your lifestyle. Additionally, adjusting a walking pattern to relieve pressure on the heel may result in hip, knee or back problems.
Hands-on joint mobilization can relieve ankle stiffness and stretching calf and shin muscles can improve ankle and foot movement. Myofascial release of the plantar fascia can prevent scar tissue formation. Strapping and taping techniques can decrease stress on the plantar fascia. If a walking boot or shoe is necessary, a referral to a podiatrist may be necessary to ensure a correct fit.
If you believe your chronic foot and heel pain could be due to plantar fasciitis, our experienced team is here to help. From showing you exercises, to providing you with splints, tape and other orthotics, we want to get you back to living the life you love free of pain. Call us today at (720) 204-4567 to schedule an appointment or visit our website.