September 21, 2016
If you are following our blog, you may remember reading an earlier post about plantar fasciitis and how it can inflict itself upon anyone of any age for a variety of reasons – whether you are a weekend jogger, a serious athlete, or a social dancer. In that post, Specialized Physical Therapy in Denver for Plantar Fasciitis, we gave you some basic information about this aliment, because here at Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we know you don't have time for plantar fasciitis. You need information about how to get yourself back to the healthiest state possible – as quickly as possible. Here is some more information about plantar fasciitis to help you out.
It has been reported that only about 5% of patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis undergo surgery, because it is widely agreed upon that physical therapy is the best course of action for healing plantar fasciitis and that surgical intervention is only indicated if conservative management has failed. There is no set time limit, but most MDs allow 4 – 6 months of conservative treatment before considering surgical intervention. Most typically, surgical treatment would include either an open or endoscopic plantar fasciotomy to release the fascia and get rid of any heel spurs that may or may not be present.
Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis?
Our physical therapists can tell you for sure if the pain you are having is due to plantar fasciitis. Some common signs and symptoms include heel pain which is aggravated by weight bearing and often relieved by non-weight bearing. Patients will also often complain of pain when arising from bed in the morning or after being off their feet for an extended time, which often slowly subsides 30 – 45 minutes later. There are other conditions that can cause heel pain, so it is important that you get an accurate diagnosis.
Initially, once the causes of this condition are known, not only will your Denver physical therapy treatment focus on the plantar fasciitis to relieve your pain, but we will also want to help you prevent any recurrences in the future. We have the experience to prepare a rehabilitation program designed to aid your overall recovery, as well as work with your pain management plan.
We may use some passive therapies, such as cold and heat, to help with the pain and inflammation. And as soon as the pain and inflammation are reduced, we will introduce stretches and gentle exercises to ensure good results for both flexibility and strength. Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis improves and strengthens muscle and fascia flexibility, enabling you to return to your activities as soon as your pain and symptoms have subsided.
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.