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3 Tips to Remember When Treating Plantar Fasciitis


Getting the arch moving is an essential in promoting flexibility and strength in the foot’s muscles and ligaments, which can help alleviate the constant pain of plantar fasciitis. These movements reduce the tension on the plantar fascia, the band of tissues running along the bottom of the foot, which is often inflamed in plantar fasciitis. Exercises that stretch and strengthen the arch can improve blood flow, reduce pain, and enhance overall foot mechanics.


Managing the tension by reducing the strain on the plantar fascia, allowing it to heal effectively. Techniques such as stretching, strengthening exercises, proper footwear, and using orthotics help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, minimizing excessive stress on the plantar fascia. By alleviating this tension, inflammation and micro-tears in the tissue can repair more effectively, leading to reduced pain and faster recovery. Additionally, managing tension prevents further injury, contributing to long-term relief and prevention.


In other words, increase blood flow. Delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the damaged plantar fascia, promoting tissue repair and reducing inflammation. Enhanced circulation also helps to remove metabolic waste products from the affected area, which can decrease pain and swelling. Methods to boost blood flow, such as massages, heat therapy, and specific exercise, facilitate quicker healing and improve the overall health to the foot of tissues, contributing to faster and more effective recovery. 

Big Cat Physical Therapy services the North Canton/Akron area, and specializes in return to sport rehab. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you’d like to schedule an evaluation!


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