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Plantar Fasciitis: What It Is and How Physical Therapy Can Help

Nobody expects to feel stabbed when they get out of bed in the morning, but that’s exactly what people with plantar fasciitis experience the moment their heels touch the floor. This foot condition, prevalent among athletes such as runners, can be effectively addressed non-surgically with specialized treatment at Alkemē Sports Rx.

What is plantar fasciitis?

When the band of tissues nearest to your heel bone becomes inflamed, those first steps in the morning can produce the telltale “stabbing” pain of plantar fasciitis. If the pain decreases as you continue walking, that’s another clue that is the culprit. The condition arises through small tears in the tissue in your feet (plantar fascia) that help absorb the shocks of walking and running. Too much physical stress can overcome this tissue band’s ability to act as shock absorbers, and small tears appear, leading to inflammation and pain. Athletes are most likely to experience this condition, but factors like extra weight, long hours on your feet, and aging can also lead to plantar fasciitis.

How can physical therapy help?

Benefit from effective foot pain relief through physical therapy at Alkemē Sports Rx, without the need for medication or invasive procedures. You likely won’t need many physical therapy sessions as many of the stretches can be done at home once you’ve mastered them! Your physical therapist will show you how to flex and stretch the bottoms of your feet, developing the mobility that prevents inflammation in that crucial band of tissues. At home, these stretches are best done before you get out of bed in the morning, or at least when you’re off your feet.

Depending on your level of inflammation, we may also work your lower leg muscles. Our approach aims to enhance ankle and foot stability, while offering essential techniques like taping and icing to aid in your plantar fasciitis recovery. Visit Alkemē Sports Rx today to start your journey towards relieving foot pain and restoring optimal functionality as quickly as possible!

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