Plantar fasciitis is a leading cause in heel pain. It causes some of the tissue that connects the heel to the toes to become inflamed. Side effects are a very sharp pain in the heel, especially early in the morning after first waking up. It can also be painful after a long period of sitting down. Plantar fasciitis appears in runners more than the average person. You can also suffer from this condition if you are overweight and do not have proper shoes or shoe support. In a normal person, the plantar fascia is essentially the shock absorber to the foot. Repeat tension on this area can cause tears, in turn, causing Plantar fasciitis. It is most common between ages 40 and 60.
Physical Therapy is always a preferred method for many before considering surgical options, as it is less invasive, quicker, and often less expensive. In the case of Plantar fasciitis, Physical Therapists will perform several kinds of treatment. Some of these may include stretching of the afflicted areas to improve flexibility and range of motion, the application of ice to lessen inflammation and discomfort, and the taping of the foot that is affected by Plantar fasciitis. Your Physical Therapist can also help you select the proper footwear to suit your lifestyle and activities. The correct shoes are crucial to reduce stress on the feet, therefore reducing the risk for future occurrences of Plantar fasciitis. Physical Therapists will also recommend that you maintain a healthy body weight. It is also important to make sure that you stretch before performing any physical activity such as running or walking. To find out more, or to schedule an appointment for treatment, call Advance Physical Therapy today.
Did you know that you have Direct Access to Physical Therapy? No referral is needed. We offer the best Physical Therapy on Long Island where you can get help from our trusted and expert Physical Therapists. We have several locations on Long Island including Massapequa, Valley Stream, Wantagh and Lindenhurst. To start your Physical Therapy evaluation, call Advance Physical Therapy and The Physical Therapy Alliance at (516) 568-4444.