Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia or the thick ligament at the bottom of the foot that links the heel bone to the toes.
This condition can result in intense heel pain that hinders your regular activities. Plantar fasciitis therapy is recommended to manage the symptoms and alleviate discomfort.
Excessive stretching and pressure can tear and inflame your plantar fascia. In many cases, plantar fasciitis is caused by excessive running or walking, wearing inadequate foot gear, and injuries from landing after jumping.
Excess weight can also put stress on one’s plantar fascia. The condition can also be associated with other diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis and reactive arthritis.
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Plantar fasciitis is characterized by a stabbing pain in the heel that is usually felt in the morning. Pain typically decreases as you move, but it might recur when you stand for prolonged periods.
The main symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
Pain near or on the bottom of the heel
Tenderness or stiffness in the foot
Increased pain after exercise
A tight Achilles tendon
Medications – Pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) are usually prescribed to alleviate discomfort and reduce inflammation.
Night splints – You may be advised to wear a splint while you sleep to keep the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position. It helps stretch your calf and the arch of your foot overnight.
Orthotics – Physicians may also prescribe off-the-shelf or custom-fitted arch supports (orthotics) to distribute pressure evenly to both feet.
Outpatient treatments – If none of the above solutions are effective, surgery may be considered. Other treatments such as cortisone (steroid) injections, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, and ultrasonic tissue repair may also be performed to stimulate the healing process; however, success rates for these treatments are in the 40% range and do not often result in lasting relief...
Traditional treatments may help reduce pain, but they do not necessarily address the underlying cause of plantar fasciitis leading to symptom recurrence over time. In some cases, medications may even cause harmful side-effects and surgeries have proven to be unsuccessful in providing lasting relief from plantar fasciitis.
The Superior Method aims to deliver long-term relief by identifying and addressing the root cause of pain. Created by our own Dr. Andrew Gorecki, this treatment includes the following procedures:
The most important element of healing is identifying the cause. The cause is a movement disorder somewhere else in the body that is creating more stress in the injured area than the tissue can handle. A full body movement assessment is the most important aspect in finding the true cause. This involves assessing how mobile and stable the areas above and below the injured tissues are. Once the dysfunctional areas are identified the physical therapist can then prescribe home treatments to fix the problem areas.
In order to improve motion in the dysfunctional areas that are causing the increased stress on the painful injured tissues the most effect way to make a change in the body is to have a physical therapist use their hands to facilitate the proper motion while you are moving at the same time. This helps improve the path the body takes in order to reduce stress and tenson on the injured area.
The Superior Method aims to educate patients on how the body moves to safely ease pain and restore function. With our smartphone app called Movement RX, we empower patients with the knowledge and tools needed to attain long-term physical freedom. All of the instructions provided by your physician will also be video-recorded and sent directly to your email or mobile device.
This principles-based method is designed to improve how the mind, body, and spirit work together to facilitate complete healing. All Superior Physical Therapy providers are Fellows of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. This organization is led by the reputable physical therapist, Dr. Gary Gray.
Mechanical vibrations that penetrate deep into the muscle tissue enable tissue regeneration and improve the lactic cycle, which is one of the most common causes of pain. The procedure also helps boost circulation and lymphatic flow to alleviate pain.
The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a distinguished and internationally researched method of diagnosis and treatment for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal conditions. Created by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie, this system has been used globally for over 60 years.
MDT-certified clinicians assess and treat all types of musculoskeletal disorders including complications in the spine, muscles, tendons, and extremity joints.