Are you feeling pain in your heel? Are the bottoms of one or both of your feet inflamed? There is a chance you may have plantar fasciitis, a condition that can cause sharp, stabbing pain and inflammation in your feet, usually occurring in the morning or after long periods of standing. It is important to see a physician at first signs of heel or ball of foot pain to diagnose this condition, since plantar fasciitis may evolve into chronic foot pain that can hinder your ability to walk and move. If not treated early, the pain can even lead to knee, hip, or back problems due to your impaired walking mobility. Fortunately, this common condition can be treated with physical therapy, exercises, and resting techniques.
If you’re experiencing arch and heel pain, plantar fasciitis is likely the reason behind it. Plantar fasciitis itself is typically caused by:
As you might expect, plantar fasciitis is prevalent in occupations or activities that keep you on your feet, so it’s commonly experienced by teachers, factory workers, and healthcare professionals.
You don’t need to worry about putting your life on hold because of this condition because there are many noninvasive treatments for plantar fasciitis:
Physical therapy is an integral part of treating plantar fasciitis. A licensed physical therapist can:
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that can only be improved with proper treatment. At IMPACT Physical Therapy, we have a team of highly qualified and dedicated clinicians who will create a treatment plan customized for your needs. In addition to treating foot pain, we also offer an extensive array of specialty physical therapy, recovery, and fitness services to suit your lifestyle. Contact us today at one of our six Chicago-area locations to learn more about how IMPACT can help!