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Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy: Does It Help?

Odds are you’ve heard of the term plantar fasciitis. It just seems like one of those ailments you hope you never get. But it’s actually the most common foot condition that healthcare professionals treat — affecting about two million people every year.

The Function of a Healthy Knee

Take for example our knees. The knees are amazing structures, vital to weight-bearing and movement. The knee joint connects the bones of the upper and lower leg. Knees are the body’s largest joint, with an intricate structure of bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Its construction makes it possible for us to bend, straighten, and turn.

Based on stats from the National Institutes of Health, a healthy knee can be moved from zero degrees (completely straight) to about 150 degrees — when the calf touches the back of the thighs. Bent knees can be turned inward 10 degrees and outward by 30 degrees. But that mobility will be greatly affected with the onset of arthritis pain.

Home Remedies

If you develop this condition, it could be many months before it feels better. There are a number of ways to treat the symptoms, although none of them are speedy. The do-it-yourself treatment involves icing, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain relievers, stretching the arch of your foot, or massaging it, and modifying or avoiding activities that cause pain. For an injury like this, you can’t beat rest. Exercising can only exacerbate the problem. If you are a walker or runner, you may want to switch gears and instead consider swimming or cycling. When you are on your feet, however, it’s best to wear shoes with great arch support and cushioning — flats and bare feet make the problem worse.

Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy

A more aggressive approach most people will consider for eliminating the pain is plantar fasciitis physical therapy. A physical therapist will customize an exercise, strengthening, and stretching program that targets your pain.

Part of your plantar fasciitis physical therapy may even include wearing night splints while you sleep to stretch your calf muscles and foot arch or the physical therapist taping the foot to keep the arch stretched, reducing stress on the fascia. You may even be encouraged to use an orthopedic walking boot, cane, or even crutches to keep the weight off the foot or feet to help with healing. In extreme cases, specialists may consider surgical intervention.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

If you have it, you’ll know it. It can cause a stabbing pain in your foot due to inflammation of a thick band of web-like tissue that runs across the bottom of each foot and connects the heel bone to the toes (plantar fascia). The fascia’s job is to serve as a cushion when you walk.

Many people will feel the pain first thing in the morning when they get out of bed, and it may work itself out during the normal activities of the day, only to possibly repeat when standing up from being seated for a while or with prolonged standing. It’s an injury caused by overuse.

Those at risk for developing plantar fasciitis include:

 

  • Long distance runners
  • Dancers
  • People with foot mechanics issues like flat feet or a high arch
  • People who stand a lot or walk a lot for their occupation
  • People 40 to 60 years old
  • Those overweight
  • People with heel spurs

QC Kinetix Offers a Better Option

 

To promote tissue healing and reduce pain from plantar fasciitis, you can utilize more aggressive non-surgical regenerative medical treatments from QC Kinetix. We know musculoskeletal pain may affect your lifestyle and quality of life and can even be debilitating.

That’s why we utilize the science of using the body’s own healing properties to repair damaged tissue as an excellent alternative where other traditional orthopedic treatments have failed. Our minimally invasive treatment techniques work by promoting rejuvenation in the injured area, which is essential for healing.

Musculoskeletal pain refers to any number of conditions that affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones, including plantar fasciitis. QC Medical is customizable to your specific needs. With the integration of all our treatment options, we achieve the maximum results to help relieve your pain.

Additionally, we are able to enhance your healing with our line of supplements. Our priority is you. We focus on improving your quality of life. To enhance our clinical work, using the body’s healing to restore and reduce pain, you can utilize our physician-designed supplements to boost the results.

Try our Joint & Bone Health supplement with anti-inflammatory agents that are designed to improve joint and musculoskeletal tissue health. Our Hair Health supplement is formulated for those with hair loss or thinning hair, allowing you to look and feel your best. And our Men’s Health supplement supports men in improving their energy levels, stamina, and overall health.

To find out more about our clinical treatments for conditions like plantar fasciitis or if you want to learn more about our supplements, request an appointment for a free consultation today.

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