Plantar Fasciitis is a tendonitis causal of pain to the heel of your foot. The band of fibrous tissue extending along the bottom of the foot – from the heel bone to the toes – is composed of the arch. This band of fibrous tissue comprising the arch of the foot is known as fascia. When this fascia becomes extremely inflamed due to over exertion, over use, and over stretching, the condition of plantar fasciitis results.
Repeated Stress and Exertion
Plantar Fasciitis occurs through repeated stress and impact exerted on the legs and feet, such as long distance running. Running moderate distances as a part of one’s exercise lifestyle is a normal, active, and healthy routine. The human body is very durable and adept at compensating for reasonable exertion. However, those long distance runners who continually run downhill and/or on uneven surfaces are especially vulnerable. Excessive long distance running is very taxing on the body and subjects the feet to a great deal of unnecessary wear and tear. At some point in time, the body’s durability will pique with continuous abuse and become unable to regenerate.
Other Contributors to Plantar Fasciitis
The following factors are additional contributors leading to the development of Plantar Fasciitis.
- Having an abnormally high arch
- Having an abnormally low arch – flat feet
- Wearing improper footwear not supportive of the arch
- Achilles Tendonitis
Flat and high arched feet disturb the normal functioning of the foot and are causally detrimental to the fasciae. The feet move automatically and compensate for a high arch or flat feet through excessive pronation. Excessive pronation of the foot occurs when your body weight remains fixed on the inner edge of the sole – the feet roll inward.
The foot’s normal pronation occurs when:
- Your foot and weight lands on the outer side of the heel first
- Your weight then passes along the inner edge of your sole
- Your weight is then distributed back to the outside of the foot
Repetitive, excessive pronation leads to Plantar Fasciitis in the arch, causing extreme pain. Excessive pronation also occurs when the Achilles tendon is too tight, leading to the fascia’s overexertion.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
- Continual tenderness to the bottom of the foot
- Pain to feet when rising from bed in the morning
- Pain to feet when standing after sitting for long periods of time
- Pain worsening with continual standing and activity throughout the day
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis Through Personalized Physical Therapy
Plantar Fasciitis is treated through a Personalized Physical Therapy Program designed to heal the fascia.
- Immobilize the ankle
- Diagnostic examination
- Patient medical history analysis
- Patient lifestyle, work and physical activity history analysis
- Development and implementation of a specialized physical therapy program
The Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment Team at Spine and Sports Medicine are educated, trained, and practiced in the rehabilitation of Plantar Fasciitis. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy will effectively treat Plantar Fasciitis and relieve foot pain without the need for invasive surgery. Most importantly, the condition will cease from progressively worsening through hands-on patient education and training covering the prevention of recurrent injury.
At Spine and Sports Medicine, every patient’s physical therapy program is tailored to their individual condition and needs.
Tailored Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy Program
A tailored physical therapy program for treating Plantar Fasciitis includes special exercise routines to strengthen the fascia and increase feet flexibility, thereby releasing the pressure to the damaged fascia.
- Alleviate inflammation in the heel
- Relieve pain in the heel
- Improve foot strength
- Improve foot flexibility
- Correct excessive pronation of the foot to reduce stress of the ligament
- Heal the fascia
- Relieve the pain
- Provide tools for the prevention of recurrent injury
- Get you back on your feet!
Failure to received specialized physical therapy treatment for Plantar Fasciitis will prolong natural healing process. If the feet improperly heal, pain may be exacerbated.
Medical Insurance Coverage for Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosis and Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral for insurance coverage. Most insurance plans cover the cost of diagnosing and treating Plantar Fasciitis. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Discover Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in One Convenient Location
If you suspect that you are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis – and have been delaying seeking treatment for your pain and discomfort – reach out to the Multidisciplinary Team of Physical Therapy Experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below or calling 212.986.3888. Remember – delaying treatment will only worsen your condition and increase your pain. Discover pain relief for your feet through the benefits of a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.