What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?


You may have heard of it before, but what exactly is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes foot and heel pain when walking and is often worse in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick band connecting your heel to your toes.

Who Experiences Plantar Fasciitis?

It is a common condition in runners, those who frequently walk long distances, hike or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time. Plantar Fasciitis is also common in people who are overweight, or have flat feet.

What are the most common Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms?

  • Foot arch pain

  • Heel pain

  • Stabbing feeling in the arch

  • Foot pain in the morning

  • Difficulty walking or standing due to arch pain

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment:

Physical therapy and the many modalities included in treatment can drastically improve the pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis. A Physical Therapist can work with you to set up customized exercises that target your plantar fascia to help relieve inflammation and pain. Physical therapy can also help strengthen your leg muscles and Achilles tendon to better support your feet and ankles. Remember, your feet bear the weight of your entire body and endures all the pressure of your activity.

Other treatments a Physical Therapist can offer for Plantar Fasciitis include Massage Therapy and custom-fit Orthotics. Custom orthotics differ from those you buy in a drug store, as these are actually fitted to your individual feet to help you better support your arch and heels, alleviating plantar fasciitis pain.

If you are experiencing foot or heel pain reach out to one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy at Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness in Bay Ridge and Manhattan for Plantar Fasciitis Relief.