Oakville Physiotherapy: Case Study: Female 55 Years Old, Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis (PF) is the inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the connective tissue on the sole of the heel. Our Physiotherapists in Oakville encounter heel pain on a weekly basis. The condition is usually caused by the overuse of the plantar fascia and can be very difficult to treat if not looked after properly. Sometimes called “policeman’s heel”, it can develop into plantar fasciitis if left unchecked (plantar fasciitis is characterized by the degeneration of the tendon, rather than the simple inflammation). With proper physio care, however, it can be easily treated.
Physiotherapy Oakville: Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosis
Our Oakville Physiotherapist, Vinaya says Plantar Fasciitis is diagnosed by first step in the morning pain or pain in the heel with first steps after sitting for a prolonged period. The pain could be at the very bottom of the Achilles tendon , in the heel bone, in the lower arch or even the entire foot. In severe cases of plantar fasciitis shooting pain or lightning like shocks can be felt in the calf or the sole of the foot.
Although the pain is located on the heel or sole of the foot in most cases of plantar fasciitis the problem in 99% of patients is coming from tight calves. The tight calves could be caused by bad footwear, gait bio mechanics or even further up the kinetic chain, such as a hip or pelvis alignment issue.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment by our Oakville Physio Team.
A 55 year old working female patient, mother of three children, has been experiencing heel pain for around 18 months. She is one of 2.2 million North Americans that will get plantar fasciitis this year and is contributing to the “11% of North Americans will get plantar fasciitis in their lifespan” stat. Each morning she feels an excruciating pain in her right foot when she takes her first step, and she’s decided to finally get some physiotherapy treatment for it. After visiting our clinic twice a week for 8 weeks, she was pain free and showed no signs of plantar fasciitis.
Treatment for her plantar fasciitis included shockwave, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy, stretching, icing and a change in footwear. Each treatment session lasted for approximately 30 minutes with 3 or 4 days off in between. She was advised to limit physical activity for 2 or 3 weeks while her body healed her calf and foot.
Some patients might require custom orthotics in Oakville. click here to learn more about custom orthotics and if they can help your plantar fasciitis.
If you are experiencing any heel pain and think it may be plantar fasciitis or the first step you take in the morning hurts, come in and have it properly assessed here at Glen Abbey Physio. Get yourself on the road to recovery! Tried everything for your pain? Have you tried our Oakville acupuncturist? Dr. Jenn has great results treating plantar fasciitis and foot and ankle pain.