Sports Therapy: Overcoming Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is an extremely common form of injury we see often at our sports therapy clinic in Vancouver. While it is most common in runners, it can happen to athletes in almost any sport, and the chances of it occurring go up with age.
Fortunately, if caught and treated early, plantar fasciitis is also relatively easy to correct, and without long-term damage to the athlete.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a strain, tear, or swelling in the Plantar Fascia. This is a very important band which runs along the bottom of each foot, connecting the ball of the heel to the toes. As it’s a necessary part of any walking or running motion, any issues with the plantar fascia will quickly cause pain in these everyday activities.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain around the heel, particularly the toe-facing area. The pain will almost always be worst in the morning, after the band has been dormant for several hours. If the plantar fasciitis is mild, the pain will subside after a few steps. In more severe cases, it can make all walking\running painful, or cause a limp which in turn creates more muscular problems in the foot and lower leg.
Avoiding Plantar Fasciitis
The major causes of plantar fasciitis are:
Footwear with poor arch support
Over-exertion, particularly a drastic increase in work/exercise
Excessive running up hills or other steep surfaces
Direct injury, such as stepping hard on rocks
Additionally, those with flat feet are particularly susceptible to plantar fasciitis.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
After an evaluation at a sports therapy clinic to confirm the diagnosis, much of the time plantar fasciitis can be treated much like any other muscle strain: Ice or medicines to keep swelling down, reduced activity, and stretching exercises to keep the muscle from becoming too tense.
In more severe cases, nighttime splints may be called for -to keep the muscle in its proper shape- or special orthopedic shoes with additional arch support. In all but the worst cases, the patient can still go about their daily lives as normal, just without too much exercise until the muscle is healed.
Burrard Physiotherapy Can Help
If you think you have plantar fasciitis in Vancouver, it’s important to have the condition checked by qualified sports therapy professionals. Plantar fasciitis will only get worse, if left untreated.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment!