Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Hands-On, Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy
One-On-One Treatments. Long-term, Effective Knee Pain Relief

I really enjoyed my experience with Therapydia! The one-on-one treatment makes for a comfortable, individualized setting where you are the main focus for that hour. The PT, Jonathan, is personable and easy going, yet he kept me motivated to improve. He is very knowledgeable and experienced and genuinely cares about his clients’ progress. Overall, I am very pleased with my treatment and highly recommend Therapydia to anyone in need of physical therapy.

After more than 3 months of pain and aggravation, I decided I would call for appointment and go see Jonathan. To be honest I really didn’t expect much in the way of improvement. I had read how difficult Plantar Fasciitis can be to resolve, and based the complete lack of relief seen as a result of my own efforts, my hopes for a quick recovery were pretty much non-existent. My first visit involved a thorough assessment by Jonathan followed my some PT work on my left foot and then instruction on several stretching routines I was to repeat at home a few times each day. I returned one week later for a second visit. By that time I would estimate I was 3/4 of the way towards seeing the Plantar Fasciitis fully corrected.J onathan did additional assessment, some more PT and gave me a few new stretching routines to do at home. I added the new stretches to those I was already doing and within the next week or so the Plantar Fasciitis was gone. No more pain. No more inconvenience. Two visits. Two weeks. After months of pain and annoyance, the problem was gone.

Due to the onset of age, in addition to a previous knee injury, my ability to exercise safely and without pain had become compromised. Jonathan Burke was recommended to me by several people, independently of one another, which was my first indication that seeing him would be a positive step on my part. Within an incredibly short period of time, the pain that I used to feel minimized to the point of being non-existent, and my range of motion increased dramatically. Moreover, Jonathan truly cares about my progress, often urging me to contact him personally should I experience any problems. He is a professional in every sense of the word.

Watch Our Therapydia PT Demonstrate Physical Therapy Treatments For Plantar Fasciitis

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

One of the most common sources of heel pain that we encounter in physical therapy is plantar fasciitis. The word itself implies inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot during weight bearing activities. In the PT clinic, we see both acute micro-tearing of the plantar fascia as well as chronic build up of scar tissue from repetitive injury. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated, inflamed, or weakened by injury, every step can be painful.

Early assessment and conservative intervention is key to avoiding a long term injury and more aggressive treatments like injections or surgery. Some common early indicators of plantar fasciitis include pain with the first step in the morning, discomfort in the heel or arch with walking after prolonged sitting, or the sensation of a lump or rock in the shoe. Patients often ignore these symptoms because it is not unusual for the pain to quickly go away after the first few steps in the morning or after the first minute or two of a run.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

    There are a number of risk factors that can lead to plantar fasciitis including limitations in dorsiflexion range of motion (ROM) in the ankle, obesity, diabetes, improper shoe wear, and inordinately high or low arches. Studies have shown that limited dorsiflexion and high body-mass index (BMI) in particular are the two biggest risk factors in the development of plantar fasciitis.

    Plantar fasciitis is most often seen in middle age and affects females more than males primarily because of women’s tendency to wear narrow fitting shoes and high heels. It is also a very common injury seen in runners, accounting for 8-10% of all running related injuries.

    • Heel striking while running causes compression of the heel pad up to 200% of body weight.
    • Patients who are overweight or obese have a 1.4-fold increased probability of plantar fasciitis

Why Physical Therapy

    PTs can help to quickly alleviate the primary symptoms in the foot as well as educate patients on any compensatory movement patterns that may lead to secondary complications like knee, hip, or back pain.

      • Joint mobilization, manual therapy therapy, and myofascial release are common techniques to release or inhibit an active trigger point.
      • Trigger point dry needling (also known as TDN, functional dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy) is becoming a very popular treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal issues but especially plantar fasciitis. The muscle relaxes and the trigger point becomes inhibited, alleviating the symptoms of sciatica.
      • Custom exercises in conjunction with heel and quad range of motion are also effective at reducing plantar fasciitis symptoms.
      • Learn more about physical therapy for plantar fasciitis.

About Therapydia NOLA

Better Physical Therapy Experience

At Therapydia NOLA, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. With our manual therapy techniques and custom exercise programs, we’ll help you strengthen your hip musculature and correct your mechanics to get rid of your knee pain or to help you recover from knee surgery. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries.
Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash payments.

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  • Jonathan Burke, DPT, MTC, CSCS
    Clinic Director
    and Physical Therapist
  • Whitney Braswell, DPT
    Physical Therapist

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