Plantar Fasciitis Physiotherapy Oakville
One of the main reasons that patients require foot physio is due to plantar fasciitis. Our Oakville physiotherapists say this condition is the most common cause of foot/heel pain. The plantar fascia is a strong band of connective tissue on the underside of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot, and helps absorb energy during walking.
Repetitive stress to the plantar fascia results in micro-tearing and inflammation of the tissue which will likely require foot physio. This type of stress can be caused by a number of factors including excessive pronation (your arch collapsing too much when you walk), having high arches or flat feet, workplace factors (if you stand, walk, or run for long periods especially on hard surfaces) footwear factors (if your shoes do not fit properly or are worn out) or lifestyle changes (if there is a sudden increase in your activity, or if you have tight calf muscles).
People with plantar fasciitis complain of pain around the heel and arch, especially with their first steps in the morning. Pain may not be as intense after these first steps, but then will get worse again as the day goes on. It may hurt more with stairs, or after standing for long periods.
At our Oakville physiotherapy centre our physiotherapist will look at your feet, assess your gait, examine your shoes and ask about activities that may play a role in developing this condition. They will complete orthopedic tests to determine the root cause of the stress on the plantar fascia. We will manage the inflammation, and guide swelling out of the area, to encourage an optimum environment for the plantar fascia to heal. We will use manual foot physiotherapy techniques and give you at-home exercises to decrease the tension and irritation around the plantar fascia. Our physiotherapists will work to decrease the tension in the muscles of the calf, and strengthen the muscles in the arch and around the ankle to decrease the workload on your plantar fascia during activity. If required, we can fit you for custom orthotics and give you advice on proper footwear to help prevent this painful condition from returning!
Tight calf muscles often play a role in developing plantar fasciitis. The muscles of the calf combine to form the thick, rope-like Achilles tendon that inserts into the back of the heel. Tension in the calves can create a disruption in mechanics of the foot due to the Achilles tendon pulling on ankle bones! One quick and effective way to reduce this tension is acupuncture treatment. If your suffering from stubourn plantar fasciitis pain in Oakville, try our shockwave Oakville therapy! If the shockwave won’t help we will work with your MD to get the care you need!
If you feel you require foot physiotherapy, make a foot physio appointment at our Oakville physiotherapy centre today.