Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue that provides arch support for the foot. It connects the ball of the foot to the heel. Plantar fasciitis can occur when this band becomes overloaded and can result in inflammation, tears, and pain. Statistics have found that his condition affects over two million Americans per year and 10% of the population will experience it over their lifetime. 

Signs & Symptoms

People with plantar fasciitis commonly experience pain in the heel or arch of the foot, especially after long periods of immobility. Patients may also have heel foot or arch pain during long periods of standing or walking.

Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Vita’s team of highly trained and qualified physical therapists can help diagnose the condition and provide a personalized exercise program to help alleviate pain and heal the inflammation in the fascia. Interventions may include:

  • Pain reduction techniques such as dry needling and kinesio taping
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Strengthening exercises and stretching
  • Orthotics or special shoe inserts for arch support

While the condition can resolve on its own in some instances, working with one of Vita’s physical therapists can help reduce inflammation and promote quicker healing and recovery.

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