Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition of the foot that can limit your ability to walk and run. It is usually felt as a sharp pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel.
Physical therapy management of plantar fasciitis usually involves controlling the inflammatory process in the plantar fascia. Once the inflammation is at a minimum, exercises can be done to help improve the flexibility of the plantar fascia and surrounding musculature.
The position of your foot and arch should also be analyzed if you have plantar fasciitis. You may need to consider arch supports or orthotics to help decrease strain on your plantar fascia.
If you have foot pain and think you may have plantar fasciitis, a visit to your doctor or physical therapist may be in order. He or she can perform a thorough lower extremity assessment and can help provide you with strategies to manage this painful condition.