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The Best Physical Therapy for Foot Pain: How Our Reset Method Can Help

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Let's dive into a common foot PAIN that affects many of our patients: plantar fasciitis. It can appear suddenly or be an ongoing nagging pain that lasts for months.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is more than just a mouthful; it's a painful condition that can significantly impact your daily life. At Athletic Advantage Physical Therapy, we want everyone to be able to perform at their absolute best.

This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes and plays a crucial role in supporting the arch of your foot.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

If you're experiencing plantar fasciitis, you may notice symptoms such as:

  • Sharp pain: Especially when taking your first steps in the morning or after long periods of rest.

  • Burning sensation: Along the bottom of your foot, particularly around the heel area.

  • Increased discomfort: After prolonged periods of standing or walking.

How Our Physical Therapy AAPT Reset Method Can Help:

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Physical therapy is a key component in treating plantar fasciitis. Here's the Best Physical Therapy for Foot Pain:

  • Evaluation: A thorough assessment of your movement patterns, posture, and foot mechanics.

  • Hands-on therapy: Gentle techniques to soothe inflamed tissue and improve mobility in the foot and ankle.

  • Modalities: Such as AAPT's Point Reset, Athletic Advantage’s Patented Dry Needling Method developed by Dr. Cody Johnson, Cupping or Rolling to alleviate pain.

  • Strengthening exercises: To build foot strength and prevent future injuries.

Tips for Recovery

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In addition to physical therapy, here are four tips to help you recover from plantar fasciitis:

  • Self-Pliability: Use tools like vibrating rollers or spheres to maintain tissue pliability, focusing on the muscles of the lower extremities.

  • Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration supports muscle function and reduces inflammation.

  • Low-Impact Training: Incorporate resistance band exercises to improve muscle symmetry and balance.

Common Causes of Foot Pain

While plantar fasciitis is a significant contributor to foot pain, there are other conditions to be aware of, including:

  • Poor-fitting shoes

  • Acute injuries like sprains or fractures

  • Bunions

  • Arthritis

  • Metatarsalgia

  • Morton's neuroma

  • Underlying medical conditions like diabetes

Signs You Should See a Specialist

If you're experiencing foot pain, it's essential to know when to seek professional help.

Consider seeing a foot and ankle specialist if your pain:

  • Persists beyond a few days after an injury

  • Is accompanied by redness, swelling, or bruising

  • Interferes with your ability to walk or perform daily activities

  • Includes tingling, numbness, or burning sensations

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Don't let foot pain hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Whether you're dealing with plantar fasciitis or another foot-related issue, seeking timely treatment can make all the difference.

Schedule an appointment with us today to start your journey toward pain-free living.

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