Foot pain or Plantar Fasciitis and its Physiotherapy Treatment

What causes your foot pain?

There’s a good probability that you or someone you know has experienced terrible foot pain at some point, whether you run or just enjoy walking.

Around 20 lakh people are thought to experience foot pain each year, often known as the infamous plantar fasciitis, which can affect both serious athletes and everyday people going about their daily lives. The most frequently identified condition in the foot and ankle region is plantar fasciitis.

In this article, we’ll define plantar fasciitis, describe how it develops, and discuss several physiotherapy techniques that can be used to treat it.

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that extends from the heel bone to the bases of the toes along the bottom of the foot. It helps in the mechanisms that enable good foot mechanics while you walk and helps to provide arch support.

Cause of plantar fascia injury:

The plantar fascia is frequently irritated by some form of overuse. For instance, runners and those who may spend a lot of time standing at work are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Other risk factors include restricted ankle mobility, excessively pronated or supinated arches, and activities or footwear with insufficient shock absorption. The chance of developing plantar fasciitis is actually decrease by switching up your shoes during the work week.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis:

The three primary symptoms of plantar fasciitis are heel pain when standing up after a lengthy period of sitting and pain that gets worse with increased exercise. Sadly, the clinical course is often chronic. The good news is that physiotherapy can help treat plantar fasciitis and speed up recovery by making it easier to manage.

Many active persons may suffer from immense pain and persistent injury known as plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, physiotherapy treatment can be successful in treating the injury’s underlying cause as well as managing its symptoms. To begin a therapy plan, speak with a doctor or physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy for foot pain:

Recovery is possible through physiotherapy in a variety of ways. Your physiotherapist may use manual therapy, taping, stretching, and strengthening exercises according to the diagnosis as treatment methods. Physical modalities like ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are also helpful.

Manual Therapy for Foot pain

In order to guarantee that everything is moving as it should, manual treatment for plantar fasciitis will involve joint manipulations at the foot, ankle, and even all the way up to the lumbar spine. Additionally, these therapies aid in pain alleviation, enabling you to start exercising with minimal discomfort. The plantar fascia itself can benefit from gentle soft-tissue mobilization to help with pain alleviation.

Taping

Kinesio-Taping helps those with plantar fasciitis get pain relief. Pressure can be relieve from delicate areas by using taping techniques, including the plantar fascia and heel bone.

Stretching and Strengthening Exercises

Exercises that combine stretching and strengthening are particularly effective at curing plantar fasciitis. You’ll probably receive instructions from your physiotherapist on how to stretch your calf muscles and plantar fascia in the morning.

For people with plantar fasciitis and heel pain, high-load workouts are effective. This entails doing several sets of single-leg calf raises till exhaustion, with the weight getting heavier each week.

Treatment for deficiencies in other body parts, such as tight or weak hips that may have contributed to the onset of the injury, should also be a part of physiotherapy.

Advanced Treatment

Advanced treatment of plantar fasciitis includes Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, Tecar treatment, Flossing technique, etc.

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