While there are a variety of treatment options for plantar fasciitis, physical therapy is still the most common. Most people with plantar fasciitis can begin to see improvement in a few weeks or months with in-person physical therapy, night splints, arch supports, and other conservative treatments. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat plantar fasciitis. Physical therapy or the use of special devices may ease symptoms.
Stretching is one of the best treatments for plantar fasciitis. The stretch should focus on the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. A physical therapist can teach you stretching exercises that you can repeat at home several times a day. In addition to stretching, exercises can also strengthen the muscles in your lower legs and help stabilize your ankle.
Physicians routinely recommend physical therapy to manage and overcome pain associated with plantar fasciitis and regain the ability to walk. Many studies support the effectiveness of physical therapy for treating plantar fasciitis. In fact, a study on plantar fasciitis published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy found a “faster recovery time for those receiving evidence-based physical therapy for foot pain. If medications, rest, and ice don't help enough, your doctor may recommend that you see a physical therapist.
When you are diagnosed, your physical therapist will work with you to develop a program that decreases symptoms. The physical therapist may also use massages, contrast baths, or ultrasound scans to help with long-term healing. The physical therapist will design an individualized treatment program to help heal plantar fasciitis and prevent future injuries. MOTION physical therapists are movement experts, with years of experience helping people reduce or control pain, regain function, improve balance and flexibility, and prevent future injuries or disabilities.
Effectiveness of manual therapy, personalized foot orthoses and combination therapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis an RCT. A physical therapist's diagnosis is based on your health and activity history, and a clinical evaluation. In addition to manual therapeutic techniques, the MOTION physical therapist can incorporate other modalities into your treatment plan. Your MOTION physical therapist will provide you with an in-home program designed specifically for your needs and goals, and will also work with you on lifestyle changes to help you stay healthy and thrive in the long term.
You can find physical therapists who have these and other credentials using Find a PT, the online tool created by the American Physical Therapy Association to help you search for physical therapists with specific clinical experience in your geographic area. Physical therapists help people suffering from plantar fasciitis reduce pain and restore their ability to walk. Sharing information about your work and recreational activities, and reporting any changes in your lifestyle, will help the physical therapist diagnose your condition and design a treatment program for your specific needs.