The ligament that connects your toes to your heel bones on each foot is called the plantar fascia. If this ligament is strained, it can lead to swelling, stiffness, and pain in the heel, a condition called plantar fasciitis. This condition is the most common cause of heel pain, and it’s often the result of flat feet, high arches, overuse, or rolling the feet inward when walking. If you’re diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, then your doctor may recommend physical therapy for your plantar fascia pain.
Your physical therapist can help you reduce your plantar fascia pain by teaching you stretches and strengthening exercises. During a session, your physical therapist may also evaluate your foot and leg alignment to determine if this may be the source of your pain. If you have an alignment problem, then wearing heel lifts or orthotics may be incorporated into your treatment plan. As your symptoms improve, your physical therapist can help you gradually resume your normal activities.
If you need treatment for plantar fascia pain in The Woodlands, then please come and see us at The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers. To schedule your physical therapy appointment, please call (281) 362-0006.