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Specialized Physical Therapy in Denver for Plantar Fasciitis

July 20, 2016

Plantar fasciitis can inflict itself upon anyone for a variety of reasons, whether you are a weekend jogger, a serious athlete, a social dancer, or someone who simply stands a lot at the workplace. Physical therapy is one of the best actions to take for plantar fasciitis. Here at Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we know you don't have time for plantar fasciitis. We know you want to get back to your exercise/dance/work schedule as quickly as possible. With specialized physical therapy specifically for plantar fasciitis, we can help with the pain, alleviate the problem, and get you back to your physical activities.

Plantar Fascia
Like ligaments and tendons, fascia is made up of fibrous connective tissue containing closely packed bundles of collagen fibers. It is flexible and able to resist great unidirectional tension forces. The plantar fascia is the tough tissue that connects your heel to your toes. It provides shock absorption, taking on nearly two times the body’s weight during normal walking. It has an important role in supporting the medial arch (inside portion of the foot) too – especially during walking. When the fascia in the foot becomes inflamed, it is called "plantar fasciitis."

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
There are a number of different causes for an inflamed plantar fascia. People who have low or high arches can be predisposed to plantar fasciitis. However, studies have shown that people with plantar fasciitis are 81-86% more likely to have low arches.

Studies have shown that obesity is present in approximately 40% of men and 90% of women with plantar fasciitis. Also, a sudden loss or gain in weight can impact the amount of stress placed on the plantar fascia, causing inflammation.
There can be a connection between plantar fasciitis and prolonged standing and walking. People who have jobs that require a lot of standing can cause repetitive stress on the fascia. Also, a sudden change in the amount of stress placed on the feet, like training on an unyielding surface, can cause plantar fasciitis.

Most practitioners believe that restoring muscle strength and flexibility through physical therapy is the most important treatment when dealing with plantar fasciitis. Stretching of the calf muscles along with the plantar fascia itself helps elongate those tissues and reduce stress on the fascia. Also, strengthening your foot and ankle muscles can help provide stability to the arch of the foot and reduce stress on the fascia.

Your doctor may prescribe medications for you that will help reduce inflammation and pain. Corticosteroid injections into the region of pain and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication are the most commonly prescribed medications for plantar fasciitis.

The most common management strategies reduce tissue stress by correcting footwear, taping, orthotics, and night splinting. All of these interventions are attempts to reduce the amount of pronation, which occurs excessively with people with low arches, reducing the stress on their plantar fascia.

Not sure how to treat your foot pain? We can help. At Cherry Creek Wellness, we provide a comprehensive evaluation and specific treatments for pain and dysfunction. We have specialized manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercise prescriptions, and modality applications to alleviate your pain and get you back to your active life. We can also prescribe a regiment to help prevent future injuries. Call us today to start getting your foot pain under control:  303-333-3493.