Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Kansas City
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and/or heel pain.
Plantar Fasciitis involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. When muscles of the foot and/or calf are tight, it creates increased pull and force through the plantar fascia, which leads to pain in the bottom of the foot at the arch or at the heel. Left untreated, plantar fasciitis can create a bone spur on the heel which only increases pain.
Plantar Fasciitis can be felt on the bottom of the foot, primarily in the heel, arch, or base of the toes. Sometimes plantar fasciitis can be felt in all three areas underneath the foot, but more commonly it is felt only in one or two areas.
Pain and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis may include:
- Pain underneath the foot experienced in the morning
- Pain while walking after sitting for prolonged periods
- Pain while standing
- Pain after running
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Plantar Fasciitis can consist of several different muscles, and the causes may vary drastically from person to person. Due to this, plantar fasciitis may respond best to an assortment of treatment procedures. At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, our Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Kansas City includes soft tissue therapies such as ART, Graston, or dry needling. Orthotics can be beneficial in establishing foot support. Each of these treatments should also be accompanied with rehabilitative exercises which work to address any improper movement patterns or bio-mechanical issues.
Possible Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
The physical therapists at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic can help prevent, treat, and rehabilitate your plantar fasciitis by offering the leading evidenced based soft tissue treatments. Each provider utilizes a variety of non invasive procedures to assist in treating plantar fasciitis. Treatments can include A.R.T., Dry Needling, joint mobilizations, Graston or FAKTR, orthotics, rehabilitative exercises, and Kinesio/Rock tape.
For other treatment options, check out chiropractic solutions for plantar fasciitis.
Dry Needling is the process of using a thin needle inserted into a trigger point to relieve a contracture within a muscle.Learn More
The physical therapy Graston technique is one of the leading instrument assisted soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you provide a plantar fasciitis brace?
No, we do not provide plantar fasciitis bracing at our clinics. However, we can offer taping that will provide similar stability, as well as provide recommendations of where you can purchase one.
Will I need plantar fasciitis surgery?
Usually, surgical intervention is not the recommended course of treatment for plantar fasciitis, as conservative physical therapy treatment for plantar fasciitis has been proven very effective in reducing symptoms and decreasing recurrence.
Do they make plantar fasciitis shoes? What about plantar fasciitis inserts?
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic offers orthotics, which can help in providing relief for plantar fasciitis. These are custom made for you ensuring a more accurate and appropriate fit. We video your gait and make a foam model of your feet which is then sent to our certified orthotist to create a customized orthotic.
Are there plantar fasciitis exercises I can do at home to help relieve pain?
Yes! The physical therapists at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic can provide you with specific exercises you can do in between your visits to complement your clinic treatments. Often, plantar fasciitis is due to tightness in the calf and under-active muscles in the foot therefore our exercises and soft tissue therapies will be focused on addressing these dysfunctions.
Tell us about your pain.
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Physical Therapist
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.