Today we’re covering a common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis. This surprisingly prevalent tissue problem is a huge barrier from enjoying simple everyday activities. Watch the video below to hear how to identify the problem and alleviate it. Additionally, leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.
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Video Transcription (please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription):
Hey Guys, Ben from Carter PT here again. One of the questions we often get in the clinic is, “What are the most common things that you treat here?” And to be honest, we see about four or five conditions that are really common.
One of the most challenging ones that we treat is plantar fasciitis. If you’ve ever dealt with heel pain, getting up in the morning, first steps, or trying to go for a run and it hurts you, you know the pain that plantar fasciitis can cause.
It’s very uncomfortable. Just even the word sounds strange, plantar fasciitis? Some people can barely even spell it. The reality is that this can cause a lot of problems for people, and it’s one of these conditions that can last months, if not years if not addressed correctly.
First thing we wanna take about is just the anatomy here. There’s the foot, this is the right foot, and here is the heel. This is where the plantar fasciitis originates and it fans out across the foot. It’s a piece of connective tissue.
It’s like if you’re cutting into chicken and you have to cut through that thick tissue. That’s what it is. Yet the reality is that we have connective tissue throughout our entire body, but this particular area causes problems. You’ve probably have heard of IT Band Syndrome. Same thing connective tissue that causes problems.
So the biggest thing to look at is first is what does the foot look like? Are there any changes that need to happen? You want to make sure that someone’s calf isn’t really, really tight. You want to make sure they have good mobility in their feet.
Often what responds really, really well to plantar fascia is some good hands-on manual therapy. Here at Carter PT, we specialize in working with these conditions and with runners and people who have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for months and for years. And often people get great results very quickly.
And some of those people might even benefit from having a supportive orthotic in the foot. So if you’re struggling with plantar fasciitis, if you’re tired of getting up in the morning and your heel constantly aching you, contact us: If you would like a phone or in-person FREE consultation, call us at (512) 693-8849.