Physiotherapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Physiotherapy for Plantar Fasciitis 

Plantar fasciitis is the common source of heel pain. Basically the plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue that originates on the bottom surface of the heel bone and extends along the sole of the foot towards the toe. This plantar fascia is a passive limitation to over flattening of the arch which is known as plantar fasciitis if it develops micro tears or becomes inflamed.

Heel pain, Foot pain and foot injuries are very typical. With precise evaluation as well as early treatment most heel pain and injury acts very immediately to our podiatry and physiotherapy treatments. This will enable you to instantly regain a pain-free foot and resume your regular routines of every day living or sport.

Symptoms 

Plantar fasciitis generally causes a stabbing pain in the lower of your foot near the heel. The pain is normally the most awful with the 1st few steps after awakening, even though it can also be caused by long durations of standing or rising from sitting. The pain is generally worse after workout, not during it.

Causes 

Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia works like a shock-absorbing bowstring, helping the arch in your foot. If stress and pressure on that bowstring becomes too good then the small tears can occur in the fascia. The fascia can be irritated or swollen due to repetitive extending and tearing, however the cause isn’t clear in most cases of plantar fasciitis.

How does Plantar Fasciitis Progress?

With the deteriorating plantar fasciitis, the pain will be present. You can determine what stage you are in by using the following guidelines:

  • No heel pain is normal
  • Heel pain post exercise
  • Help pain before and post exercise
  • Heel pain before, during and post exercise
  • Heel pain all the time including at rest

This symptom progression is quite consistent with the four stages of a typical overuse injury. Eventually, more trauma and delayed healing will result in the formation of calcium bone within the plantar fascia. In case this occurs adjacent to the heel bone then it is known as heel spurs that have a longer rehabilitation period.

I have heel pain – What should I do right now? 

As soon as possible, using the RICE technique can help to decrease the pain:

Rest 

Take a break and only move within your limit of pain.

Ice 

As soon as possible, and for twenty minutes every 2 hours, apply ice or a frozen gel pack covered in a wet towel. This will assist to manage bleeding and pain and minimizes secondary tissue damage. When it comes to heel pain, a frozen water container is often very useful as well, slowly moving the arch over the container.

Compression 

Firm compression on the heel can help to manage inflammation.

Elevation 

Wherever possible, elevate your leg more than the level of your heart to decrease localised puffiness.

Your next step is to have your heel pain assessed by a Podiatrist or Physiotherapist. You can book online now: info@careplusphysiotherapy.com, or call us on 0124 – 4227006 or 09810922362 to book an appointment.