Our Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
It’s quite common to find that you need to try numerous practitioners and treatments out before you find success with treatment for plantar fasciitis pain. We pride ourselves in being the final stop on the journey countless Wellingtonians make towards relieving their plantar fasciitis each year.
There are basically 2 kinds of exercises that are used as treatment for plantar fasciitis pain. Exercises that seek to treat the pain itself by stretching the connective tissue to provide relief, and those that seek to strengthen the underlying muscle imbalances that caused the problem in the first place.
The typical stretch / pain management exercises used as treatment for plantar fasciitis pain and heel pain involve bending the foot (often using the body weight) to stretch the soft tissues. This type of exercise seeks to work as treatment for plantar fasciitis pain and heel pain by restoring flexibility to the plantar soft tissues.
The typical strength based exercise for managing the underlying weaknesses that cause stress in the heel and plantar fascia involve ‘functional’ weight bearing exercises like those we do on wobble boards and in gyms. These exercises target not only the strength of the foot itself but also the knee and hip where foot stability is largely dictated.
They key takeaway from this if you are seeking relief for plantar fasciitis pain is that a major part of the problem you most likely have is muscle weakness in the foot and leg.
In our experience it can be very very hard to use stretching type exercises as treatment for significant plantar fasciitis pain. Once there is scar tissue in the foot the majority people need hands on treatment for the pain.
Our experience has also been that people who strengthen their whole lower limb recover faster and suffer far fewer relapses after their treatment for plantar fasciitis pain and heel pain.