inflamed plantar fasciitis foot held by man

Spring is here, and with it comes National Foot Health Awareness Month! As Physical Therapists, we know strong, healthy feet are the foundation for an active and pain-free life. Our feet are complex structures—26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments—all working together to support our weight and propel us forward.

illustration of plantar fasciitis, foot health awareness month

Why Foot Health Matters

Foot and ankle problems are incredibly common, affecting millions of Americans each year. From common complaints like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis to postural issues stemming from weak arches or tight calves, foot health directly impacts our overall movement and well-being. In the spirit of Foot Health Awareness Month, we’re zooming in on plantar fasciitis, a condition that highlights the importance of foot care.

Keeping Your Feet Strong and Stable

The good news is there’s a lot you can do to keep your feet happy and healthy, especially when it comes to preventing and managing plantar fasciitis. Here are some key strategies to focus on:

  • Footwear Matters: Choose shoes that fit well and provide proper arch support, especially crucial for those dealing with or wanting to prevent plantar fasciitis. Consider different options for work, exercise, and everyday wear.
  • Stretch it Out: Regularly stretching your calves, hamstrings, plantar fascia, and toes can improve flexibility and reduce tightness that leads to pain, particularly with plantar fasciitis. Here are some exercises to get you started:
    • Calf Raises
    • Plantar Fascia Stretch
    • Toe Spreads
  • Strengthen Those Arches: Exercises that target your intrinsic foot muscles can improve arch stability and overall foot health, crucial for tackling plantar fasciitis. Try picking up marbles with your toes or scrunching up a towel with your feet.
Marble Pick-Ups to strengthen feet

Foot Pain Got You Down? Physical Therapy Can Help!

If you’re experiencing foot pain, particularly from plantar fasciitis, don’t resign yourself to a life on the sidelines. Physical Therapists specialize in treating musculoskeletal conditions and are here to keep your feet going. Here’s how we can help tackle plantar fasciitis:

  • Pain Relief: Techniques to reduce pain and inflammation, such as manual therapy and modalities like TENS.
  • Improved Mobility: We’ll assess your joint range of motion and design a stretching program to improve flexibility.
  • Strength Training: Exercises that strengthen the muscles supporting your feet and ankles, crucial for plantar fasciitis recovery.
  • Gait Mechanics Correction: Reviewing your walking pattern to identify imbalances contributing to pain, with a focus on improving plantar fasciitis symptoms.

Ready to Step Into a Pain-Free Spring?

Don’t let plantar fasciitis or any other foot pain hold you back from enjoying all that spring has to offer. At The Therapy Network, our team of expert physical therapists is ready to help you get back on your feet and moving freely. We offer a comprehensive approach to foot pain relief, combining manual therapy, targeted exercises, and gait analysis to address the root cause of your discomfort—ensuring you can step into spring with strong, healthy feet.

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