How Physiotherapist Helps to Manage Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis, also known as ‘Fasciopathy’ is a thick band of tissues that forms the base of the foot (the plantar arch). It starts at the heel and attaches to each toe. The fascia becomes tense when standing up or standing on tiptoe. Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation or fibrosis of the fascia that occurs as a result of trauma or repeated stress on the fascia.
The heel is a part of the body built to assimilate impact when you are weight-bearing. When severe pain occurs, it can be very disturbing, and also difficult to walk or even stand.
Factors like Sports, overweight, postures, occupations, and training can increase the chances of developing Plantar Fasciitis.
The main symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis are:
- Pain after a long duration of rest where little weight has been put on your feet
- Severe pain after exercises
- Feeling of Sharp pain in your heel or underneath of your foot in the early hours of the morning when you wake up
- Pains are aggravated by the stretching of the sole of your foot.
Before the commencement of treatments, physiotherapists will examine and evaluate your symptoms, they will commence treatments with anti-inflammatory techniques such as ultrasound, ice application, and iontophoresis.
They also make use of techniques like manual therapy to increase joint mobility and tapping to loosen the musculature and support the arch.
Immediately after the diagnosis, physiotherapists will come up with therapies and treatments to aid you to recover quickly.
Physical Therapists treatments may include:
- Uplifting your ability and strength to tolerate and endure carrying loads.
- Reviewing and adapting your running or walking style
- Physical therapists help you return to previous activities.
- They identify and address any form of biomechanical abnormalities.
- They educate you on exercises that will improve your health condition.
- Orthotics (shoe inserts) and supportive footwear to minimize abnormal foot motion, or to help support your arch, reducing stress to the plantar fascia.
- Application of ice to minimize pain and inflammation.
Physiotherapists will design an individualized treatment program to help heal your plantar fasciitis and prevent future injury.
The study has proven that most cases of plantar fasciitis improve over time with these conservative and drug-free treatments, and surgery is rarely needed.
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