Plantar Fasciitis Physiotherapy Chiropodist in Downtown Toronto

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Physiotherapy Toronto Downtown

Plantar Fasciitis Physiotherapy Chiropodist in Downtown Toronto

Plantar Fasciitis Physiotherapy Chiropodist in Downtown Toronto

What is Plantar Fasciitis Physiotherapy?Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Physiotherapy Toronto Downtown

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from the heel to the balls of your foot. This tissue supports the foot and acts like a shock absorber. When this tissue becomes painful and inflamed, it is referred to as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is considered an overuse injury, as it is commonly developed after long periods of standing or running. This injury is usually seen in middle aged individuals, however can also be seen in younger people who tend to be on their feet a lot, like athletes and soldiers.

Risk Factors for Developing Plantar Fasciitis:

Plantar fasciitis is most common among individuals aged 40-60, thus aging increases one’s risk of developing this injury. Standing for long periods of time puts people at risk for developing plantar fasciitis, therefore occupations that require being on your feet such as a teacher, working in retail or being a factory worker can all be at a higher risk. Over weight or obese people put more weight or pressure onto the feet which make the plantar fascia more prone to injury. Individuals with a high arch or a flat foot place different amount of force on to the bottom of the foot which can adversely affect the plantar fascia. Certain exercises, such as running or dancing, place a great deal of stress onto the plantar fascia which may lead to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis. Worn out or ill-fitting shoes can also place stress on the fascia and put you at risk for developing plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis:

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis so you can get the condition treated. Ignoring the symptoms can lead to chronic heel pain as well as knee, hip and back problems. The common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:

  • Stabbing pain felt in the bottom of the foot (closer to the heel)
  • Painful first few steps in the morning or after long periods of sitting
  • Pain after long periods of standing

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis:

Physical therapy can be extremely effective in treating plantar fasciitis. Strengthening and stretching exercises can be prescribed, as well as tape can be applied to the foot area to help stabilize the plantar fascia. At Ace Physio in downtown Toronto our Physiotherapists often use a treatment called Shockwave Therapy.  Shockwave Therapy uses strong sound waves which are applied to the fascia and is used to stimulate healing.  Your physiotherapists may instruct you to wear a splint while you sleep. The splint is meant to stretch your calf and the arch of your foot.  Custom Orthotic Insoles may also be prescribed to immediate relieve pressure on the bottom of your painful heel and to optimize biomechanical alignment.

For more information about our Physiotherapy or Chiropodist treatments for plantar fasciitis or to book an appointment call our friendly staff at Ace Physio today 416 900 6653 or visit our website at torontophysiotherapy.co

About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz