Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in CT & NY

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Those who suffer from plantar fasciitis typically experience a stabbing pain near the heel. Swelling or tenderness are also common symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

A major complaint of those with plantar fasciitis is pain at the bottom of the heel or bottom of the midfoot area. In most cases, plantar fasciitis affects just one foot, but it can also affect both feet. Other common symptoms include:

  • Burning or aching sensation on the bottom of the foot
  • Pain that is worse in the morning
  • Pain while climbing up stairs or elevated surfaces

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fasciitis supports the arch of the foot and absorbs shock when a person walks. Too much tension and stress on the plantar fasciitis can cause small tears to occur in the fascia, a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place.

Factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Age
  • Certain types of exercise
  • Foot mechanics
  • Obesity
  • Occupations that require standing or walking for long periods of time

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Stretching, physical therapy, and massage therapy are methods to alleviate pain caused by plantar fasciitis. A combination of these therapies will relax the tense muscles, restore muscle strength and function and improve flexibility.

At Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of NY & CT, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment today!