Plantar fasciitis is one of the top causes of heel pain, a common ailment that around two million individuals undergo treatment for every year. Read on as Terrapin Care Center, your leading provider of massage therapy and other pain management services, sheds light on this condition.
Risk Factors and Likely Cause
The plantar fascia is the flat ligament band found at the bottom of your foot. It connects your toes to your heel bone, supports your foot arch and serves as a shock absorber for your feet. Too much pressure or overuse can cause it to tear or swell, a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Your physical therapy expert explains that plantar fasciitis is more common among individuals aged 40 years old and above. Those who are always on their feet like athletes, salespeople and factory workers are at a higher risk of developing this condition, especially if the surface they’re standing on is uneven, rough or hard. Having an irregular walking pattern, flat foot or high arch and being overweight may put added stress on your plantar fascia too, contributing to this issue.
You may find it difficult to walk after remaining motionless for a period. In particular, you may have a hard time taking your first steps as you wake up in the morning. A feeling of stiffness in your feet or stabbing pains are also common. While this discomfort may go away after a few minutes of walking, it may recur as you go about your day, especially after standing for a prolonged period or when climbing the stairs. You may notice that the pain worsens after exercising as well.
Our Treatment Methods
Resting your feet and cutting back on weight-bearing activities may help control plantar fasciitis symptoms. You may also apply ice on your heel to reduce swelling. Orthotics and supportive shoes with cushions can reduce pressure on your heels. Physical therapy is another good way to reduce your discomfort.
Instead of going to your ordinary physical therapist, turn to Terrapin Care Center. We are a multidisciplinary pain treatment center. We always prioritize our clients’ quality of life and well-being, and have the knowledge, skills and experience to determine which exercises and activities can help relieve your heel pain and manage your plantar fasciitis.
For more information about plantar fasciitis, call us at (301) 220-1930 or complete our form. We serve Silver Spring, MD, and nearby areas.