Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Summit Physical Therapy AZ

Physical Therapist located in Gilbert, AZ

Your feet absorb the impact of every upright activity you perform. If plantar fasciitis pain starts to limit your activity, the experts at Summit Physical Therapy AZ can help. Hannah Frost, PT, DPT, COMT, Cert MDT, RYT, helps you find relief with targeted exercises, kinesiotaping, and other therapies at her Gilbert, Arizona, practice. Set up your initial consultation by calling the number listed or using the online scheduling system.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Summit Physical Therapy AZ

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis describes an injured and inflamed plantar fascia ligament. The plantar fascia is a flexible ligament that runs from the bottom of your toes to your heels and absorbs the impact of each footstep.

The damage to the plantar fascia causes sharp heel pain, especially after periods of rest. Long intervals of activity may also cause irritation.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis develops when the plantar fascia tendon gets stretched beyond its intended range of flexibility. When it’s pulled past its shock-absorbing capacity, the fascia develops small tears and inflammation that lead to pain.

You may notice foot pain after years of wearing flip-flops, high-heeled shoes, or other footwear with inadequate support. If you’re overweight or participate in high-impact activities like running or ballet, you may also be more at risk.

When should I see a physical therapist for plantar fasciitis?

Any foot pain that interferes with your daily activities should prompt you to see a medical professional. Your primary care doctor may provide a referral to specialists, such as a physical therapist.

Together your therapist at Summit Physical Therapy AZ, primary care doctor, and podiatrist bring you the best-combined treatments for your plantar fasciitis. Physical therapy may even help you bypass the need for prescription medication, injections, and surgery.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Hannah Frost uses a variety of techniques to help relieve your foot pain:

Exercises

Hannah has you perform foot and ankle stretches and leg strengthening exercises to help relieve your symptoms. She shows you what exercises to do at home, including stretches you can do before getting out of bed in the morning.

Splints and orthotics

Night splints keep your plantar fascia and calf muscles in a stretched position all night so you don’t wake up with tightness. Hannah also recommends proper footwear and shoe inserts to distribute pressure.

Kinesiotaping

Hannah wraps elastic medical tape in a specific arrangement around your feet and lower leg. The tape helps lengthen your muscles and ligaments and relieve pressure on the bottoms of your feet.

Foot pain affects every activity you perform on your feet. If you’re ready to find relief, contact Summit Physical Therapy AZ online or over the phone.