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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

By: Jason Makoutz, DPT

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the more common foot injuries we see here at Loudoun Sports Therapy Center.  The pain can be caused by injury or an insidious onset. Some of the most common symptoms include stabbing or dull pain on bottom of foot or by the heel, many times greater in the morning. You may also feel or notice that the tissue on the bottom of your foot is tender to touch.

Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Performing a new activity too much too soon too fast
  • Improper footwear
  • Poor foot/ankle mechanics
  • Insidious

Common Q&A

What is the Plantar Fascia? The plantar fascia is a band of tissue starting at your heel and running along the bottom of your feet and attaching to your toes.

What is the function of Plantar Fascia? The Plantar fascia acts to stabilize the bones in the foot while walking to be able to toe off and propel your body forward when walking.

What are some signs I may have Plantar Fasciitis? Burning sensation of pain at heel or along bottom of foot. Often times worse in the morning.

Why does it hurt when I touch it? The fascia is often time inflamed and you may have adhesions within the fascia that can be painful to touch.

What else can it affect? Besides limiting what you do in your daily life, you may begin to limp or compensate how you perform certain activities. If compensations continue it can lead to another issues such as back and knee pain.

What should I do about it? DON’T WAIT! You should contact a Physical Therapist who will be able to perform and in-depth functional evaluation and figure if it is truly plantar fasciitis, what the cause of it is, and how to fix the problem.

Don’t wait to let the pain progress to where it causes you to limp and avoid leisure activities/work, seek help. Physical Therapy is an effective conservative way to relieve and treat plantar fasciitis and help you return to the activities you love doing pain free. At Loudoun Sports Therapy Center on of our Doctors of Physical Therapy will take you through a functional evaluation to determine where the pain is coming from and how to treat it. They will talk to you about your daily activities, leisure/work activities you’d like to get back to doing. That could be anything from sleeping through the night to training for an iron man or just playing with your kids. We will be able to break you from the vicious cycle of pain.

Jason’s Quick Plantar Fasciitis Routine

  • Golf Ball Trigger Point Release
  • Gastroc/Soleus Stretch
  • Rolling out foot on frozen water bottle
  • Foot Doming

If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing any of these issues or just have generally achiness/pain in your neck call our office today at 703-450-4300. We can evaluate you and determine what steps you need to take to return back to your pain free life! CLICK HERE for more on how physical therapy can help you.

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