Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the bottom of the foot and heel. It can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking. Fortunately, there are many physical therapy treatments available for plantar fasciitis that can help relieve pain and improve mobility. Let’s take a look at some of the best physical therapy approaches for treating this condition.
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Stretching and strengthening exercises are an important part of any physical therapy treatment plan for plantar fasciitis. Stretching helps to reduce muscle tension in the affected area, while strengthening exercises help build up strength in the muscles surrounding the affected area. Examples of stretching exercises include calf stretches, toe stretches, ankle circles, and heel raises. Strengthening exercises may include calf raises or toe presses.
Massage therapy is another effective form of physical therapy used to treat plantar fasciitis. Massage has been shown to reduce inflammation in the tissue around the heel and increase blood flow to the area, which can help reduce pain and speed up healing. Common massage techniques used for plantar fasciitis include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, reflexology, lymphatic drainage massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, acupressure massage, and hot stone massage.
Kinesiology taping is an increasingly popular form of physical therapy used to treat plantar fasciitis by providing support and stability to the affected area while allowing for natural movement of the body during activity or exercise. Kinesiology tape is often applied around or over the affected area in order to provide additional support without limiting range of motion or flexibility in the area. This type of taping also provides compression that helps promote healing while reducing swelling caused by inflammation due to injury or overuse.
Physical therapy offers many treatments that can be used to effectively manage symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis including stretching and strengthening exercises, massage therapy, and kinesiology taping. With proper diagnosis from a qualified healthcare professional such as a physical therapist or doctor as well as regular compliance with recommended treatments such as stretching and strengthening exercises along with other modalities like massage or kinesiology taping you can be on your way back to living life free from pain caused by plantar fasciitis!