Plantar fasciitis can be a real pain in the foot

One of the most frequently reported foot problems in our clinics is plantar fasciitis.  The plantar fascia is a flat piece of connective tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes and helps to form and support that arch of your foot.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition of this tissue.  Causes of plantar fasciitis vary, though they include being overweight, high arches, flat feet, turning the foot outward with ambulation, muscular imbalances, and the type of activity being performed. Patients report pain when they first take steps in the morning and commonly with increasing activity throughout the day. Standing in one place can be difficult as can going up and down stairs.  The pain can be influenced by the type of footwear, such as wearing a more supportive sneaker versus a flat sandal may feel more comfortable.

Initial treatments may include ice, over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, and changing footwear.  Secondary treatments may include injections directly into the fascia to decrease inflammation, orthotics, and physical therapy.  If all efforts fail, some patients’ may choose to undergo surgical intervention.

Through a thorough physical therapy examination by a board certified orthopedic specialist, we can identify the pattern/causes of irritation, and develop and appropriate treatment plan, to minimize and ideally eliminate your symptoms. Treatment options may include manual therapy to improve tissue mobility within the fascia, ultrasound to increase blood flow and decrease inflammation by way of sound waves that penetrate into the tissue, and dry needling for soft tissue dysfunction (the use of dry needling has shown to be one of the most effective interventions within our offices.

Patients who had failed conservative treatments in the past are even responding positively towards dry needling). Treatment would also include corrective exercise to address some of the muscular imbalances that are contributing to the problem itself.

At Professional Rehabilitation Services we pride ourselves in distinction and are continuously in pursuit of specialty training to provide our patients with a higher level of care.  One of our Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapists will pursue an individualized treatment approach to your needs. Less than 5% of physical therapists in South Carolina are board certified in orthopedics.

All physical therapists at Professional Rehabilitation Services are board certified.  So if you or someone you know lives with plantar fasciitis or a similar problem and would like to know more, then seek the consultation of a physical therapist at one of our four locations or see your physician for a referral to one of our facilities.  Physical therapy is a regularly covered service by most health insurance plans. Free 15 minute consultations are a great way to identify if you are a candidate for treatment.

At Professional Rehabilitation Services, we treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions using the latest in evidence based therapies provided by highly credentialed physical therapists.   In addition to being licensed physical therapists, our providers have additional specialty certifications and training in orthopedics, manual therapy, sports, strength and conditioning, vestibular rehabilitation, and dry needling.

For further information on this or other related topics you can contact Richard DeFalco, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CWcHP at Professional Rehabilitation Services (Myrtle Beach) (843) 839-1300, Brian P. Kinmartin PT, DPT, MTC, STC, OCS, CWcHP (Pawleys Island) (843) 235-0200, or Richard A. Owens, MPT,OCS, Cert.SMT, CWcHP (Surfside) (843) 831-0163, or visit our website at www.prsrehabservices.com where you can learn more about the company and even download a referral form for you physician to fill out. We have recently opened our newest office in Murrells Inlet and are accepting new patients. You can also call and schedule a free 15 minute consultation.

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