WHAT IS PLANTER FASCIITIS?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation to the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The tissue becomes overly tight causing inflammation and irritation, often towards the medial aspect of the heel.
IF ANY OF the following SOUNDS FAMILIAR...
- When you wake up in the morning, do you experience a sharp pain in the heel of your foot?
- Does the pain radiate down into the arch of your foot?
- Do you feel better when you put on shoes?
- Does the pain get better as the day goes on?
- Does standing for long hours increase your pain?
….THEN ODDS ARE YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM PLANTAR FASCIITIS
WHY DOES PLANTAR FASCIITIS DEVELOP?
There are a few reasons as to why an individual can develop plantar fasciitis:
- Flat or High Arches. The purpose of the plantar fascia is to support your arches and provide shock absorption each time you take a step. If your arches are not supported, then this leads to higher levels of stress to the plantar fascia.
- Weak Glutes. The strength of your glutes play an important role in the position of your foot each time you take a step. If your glutes are not strong enough to externally rotate your hip, then that can cause your lower leg to rotate inwards, causing your arch to collapse or flatten placing more stress on your plantar fascia.
- Tight Calf Muscles. Tightness in your gastrocnemius and soleus muscle, as well as your achilles tendon can apply higher levels of stress to your plantar fascia. This is often due to overuse and lack of recovery in the form of stretching and rest.
- Weak Foot Muscles. The smaller intrinsic muscles of your feet play an important role in helping to provide stability to your arches. When these muscles are weak your arches have a harder time to support and act as shock absorbers with weight bearing activities. This places increased tension on the plantar fascia.
POSSIBLE TREATMENT OPTIONS
- Stretching: Having a daily practice of stretching out your calves and plantar fascia may help in decreasing symptoms.
- Glute and Foot Strengthening: By strengthening these two areas you are helping to provide the necessary stability needed to maintain proper alignment and mechanics with activity.
- Strassburg Sock: is a form of night splint that helps hold the plantar fascia in a position of stretch throughout the night,
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER…
- Supportive Footwear: Finding the right footwear that provides both support and comfort is important. You want to look for something that has a thicker well cushioned midsole as well as longitudinal arch support that provides motion control to the foot. Each foot is different, so it is important to try on a few styles to make sure that it is the right fit for you.
- Rest: It is important to give the proper amount of rest to the area to help decrease inflammation and pain. Try to adjust your activities of daily living to sitting whenever you can.
- Orthotics: Additional support for the foot in the form of orthotics may be required if there is a structural or functional weakness to your arches. An assessment from a health care practitioner will help decide if orthotics are for you.
FOR A MORE THOROUGH ANALYSIS AS TO WHY YOU HAVE DEVELOPED OR HAVE RE-OCCURRING BOUTS OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS,
CALL LIQUIDGYM 613-820-8228
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Physiotherapists are primary health care practitioners and therefore offer direct access to physiotherapy services without the need for a physician’s referral. Some extended health insurance plans require a physician’s referral; however, please check your insurance plan if in doubt.
Can you bill directly to my insurance company?
Some extended health insurance companies currently accept direct billing from Physiotherapy clinics. Ask and we can let you know if your insurance company accepts direct billing from LiquidGym.
Does LiquidGym accept Motor Vehicle Accident claims?
No. As of September 1, 2021 we no longer submit nor bill for MVA claims. LiquidGym can, however, treat MVA injuries. You just need to pay our standard therapy rates at the time of your appointment.
Do you direct bill for Veterans Affairs, RCMP, and Canadian Forces?
Yes. If you have Blue Cross coverage through either Veterans Affairs, RCMP, or Canadian Forces, we can bill directly with Blue Cross. To proceed, we require your ID number and the contact information of your case manager, if applicable.
Many patients pay out-of-pocket for physiotherapy. At LiquidGym we respect your dollar by providing only one-on-one appointments with your physiotherapist. We do not double-book clients, nor do we provide your treatment through support personnel. In addition to your on-site treatment, if appropriate, the physiotherapist will provide a self-managed home care treatment program to facilitate your recovery.
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