Waking with an achy foot? Friends or physicians telling you it's "plantar fasciitis"? Stretching your calf and icing your foot and still not getting anywhere or maybe even feeling worse? Contemplating an injection? Hold on that needle -- maybe it's not "plantar fasciitis"!
At Shallyn's Physical Therapy and Wellness Services you will find that one of my greatest pet-peeves is people putting a "Band-Aid" on symptoms and not treating the cause of those symptoms.
Here is a quick break down of how Shallyn looks at "plantar fasciitis".
1. Arch support: I observe what happens to your feet when you stand in your natural stance, stand on your toes, stand on your heels, squat, and mini squat twist. From this information, I can tell you whether or not your aching/fallen arch is structural or muscular in origin and thus, design a plan of treatment appropriate for you. Treatment options may include taping, referral to an orthotist for custom orthotic fabrication, or specific lower quadrant strengthening (hip to foot arch, itself).