Plantar Fasciitis and Balance Training
One of the most frequently seen musculoskeletal conditions affecting feet and ankles, plantar fasciitis can be very painful and cause loss of functionality, rendering you helpless in daily activities. It must be treated in order to minimize debilitation.
Even though plantar fasciitis treatment should be top priority, most people with the condition fail to seek proper medical attention for it. Instead they try self-medicating using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and ice packs – leading to further inflammation and pain and potentially leading to chronic injury.
Over time, tension on the plantar fascia can lead to tiny tears in its tissue that cause inflammation. Over time, scar tissue forms from these tears, restricting blood flow and weakening its supporting function; increasing its susceptibility to injuries in future.
Most often, physical therapy can provide the answer. Physical therapists can conduct gait analysis, strength and balance tests and footwear evaluation to develop an individual plan of care for treatment.
Plantar fasciitis sufferers can find many exercises beneficial, including stretching, low impact aerobics and yoga.
If you spend much of your day standing or running, shoes with arch support could help protect your feet and reduce stress on them while increasing flexibility.
An alternative form of exercise that could help with plantar fasciitis symptoms is using an elliptical machine. As this exercise puts no pressure on your feet, it provides a low-impact workout and may prove beneficial for those living with plantar fasciitis.
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