Plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of foot pain
Heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis can be one of the most frustrating problems a person can experience! Plantar fasciitis can limit pleasurable activities such as walking, running, standing while baking in the kitchen, and generally enjoying life. The most common complaints with plantar fasciitis include heel pain (sometimes worse in the morning), foot pain, arch pain, and pain in the balls of the feet. In this article we hope to teach you more about the foot, and how we specialize in and treat heel pain and plantar fasciitis from our physical therapy clinic in Wichita, KS.
What is the Plantar Fascia and what causes Plantar Fasciitis
The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. This may sound like overkill for a flat structure that supports your weight, but you may not realize how much work your foot does!
The plantar fascia is the connective tissue on the sole of our foot that connects the heel to the toes, and helps to support our foot and arch.
It is designed to allow the foot to balance the body’s weight on one or two legs and support such diverse actions as running, jumping, climbing, and walking.
Because they are so complicated, human feet can be especially prone to injury. Strains, sprains, tendonitis, torn ligaments, broken bones, fallen arches, bunions, plantar fasciitis and achilles issues can all occur.
We specialize in seeing all of the above in our office in patients from 5 to 105 years old. And the good news is: there is HOPE. With the proper diagnosis and with advanced treatment options, we help people return to doing what they love.
One of the most common things we see is plantar fasciitis. It is a common injury that effects many people and is commonly seen among walkers, runners, triathletes, and other running athletes. Sports stars including Eli Manning and Kobe Bryant have battled with this condition. Even non-athletes can fall prey to plantar fasciitis. It is common for us to see people from all "walks" of life with plantar fasciitis!
What if I have had treatment for Plantar Fasciitis before, and it didn't work
It is quite common for us to see patients with this painful condition that have failed other treatments. In fact, many of our most successful clients have seen poor success with other healthcare providers and eventually came to see us here on the advice of a friend or family member. Even if you have suffered for months or years, consider coming in to see us and get evaluated.
Treatment here at Bodyworx includes listening to your story regarding what has happened, evaluating anatomical structures from the toes, mid foot, ankle, calf, knee, and up into the hip. We then educate the patient on what is going on and why it’s happening so they can understand the mechanism that may have caused the injury. Sometimes patients walk out with 50% less pain in their foot than when they walked in. They are elated regarding the progress. We then empower you with specific things to do at home to put you in control of the pain instead of the pain controlling you.
Wondering what could be causing your foot pain? We put together this Plantar Fasciitis and Foot Pain presentation especially for you:
How to get started with treatment for Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
If you are struggling with any foot, ankle, or lower leg issues, feel free to schedule a free phone consult, or contact us to make an appointment here. You can also feel free to give us a call at 316.558.8808 (We still like to talk on the phone!) We also have many more foot pain and running related videos on our YouTube channel you can check out here.
Don’t let leg or foot pain keep you from returning to what you love to do! Walking, running, and playing with the kids is still possible. You just need to know where to start!
We love to keep people in Wichita, Andover, Derby, and Maize (as well as the surrounding areas in Kansas) mobile, active, and off pain pills--let our expertise go to work for you to help you return to the activities you love.
Don't forget, you can schedule a no-obligation (and free!) phone consult with us here. Or just give us a call at 316.558.8808.
Cody Barnett PT