Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Bethesda MD
In Bethesda, plantar fasciitis is very common and may be the single most frequent cause of pain in the foot and heel. This problem stems from inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick piece of tissue in your foot that serves to connect your heel bone to the bones in your toes. This inflammation usually occurs in those who are on their feet a lot, such as runners or those with occupations that require long periods of standing. If your job requires you to do a lot of standing and you are obese, or even a bit overweight, you may be much more likely to suffer from this common, very painful problem. While some treatments for plantar fasciitis are very invasive, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments at our Bethesda office can provide effective treatment and pain relief.
Inflammation of the Plantar Fascia
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may experience intense pain when you first stand up in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a while. The pain typically only lasts a few minutes, but within that period, the pain can be acute and debilitating.
Physical Therapy Treatments
The degree to which your plantar fascia is inflamed will need to be determined before effective treatment can be implemented. A visit to a licensed, qualified physical therapist is important, so that your plantar fascia can be examined. Your physical therapist will probably recommend a regimen of exercises designed to help strengthen your leg muscles and aid the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in becoming more flexible through proper stretching. You may also need to wear night splints, which keep your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia lengthened overnight. Manipulation of your soft tissues may also be paired with manual therapy to stretch and massage the tissues around the plantar fascia to reduce painful pressure. Non-invasive cold lasers and the Kinesio taping method may also be used to help speed healing and alleviate pain occurring between treatments.
Some Final Points
If you must stand a lot, that’s probably an underlying cause of your plantar fasciitis. Sometimes, very good shoes with excellent support can help. Custom orthotics may also be of use; talk to a chiropractor about orthotics designed to support important structures in the foot, such as the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.
A physical therapy professional will be able to help you with the pain caused by plantar fasciitis, but if you’re carrying extra weight, it’s up to you to implement a diet and exercise program that will help you get to a healthy weight. Plantar fasciitis is very common in those who are overweight or obese, and it cannot be cured without accompanying measures to become healthier overall.
If you’re suffering from pain in your heels, schedule an appointment with a our Bethesda physical therapist and start taking care of it. Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful and may get worse with age or weight gain, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent ailment.
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