Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis


Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that affects the heel. Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but it is most common amongst runners.

If you think you may have plantar fasciitis, do not fret. Most of the time, this condition can be treated with physical therapy, ice, massage therapy, injections, proper footwear, and orthotic inserts.


What Plantar Fasciitis Exercises will a Physical Therapist Recommend?

A physical therapist will recommend stretching exercises that target the plantar fascia and the heel. Try some of these exercises at home if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis.


Heel Raise

Stand on a slightly elevated surface such as a stair step with your heels hanging off the edge of the step. Slowly lift your heels up and down 10 times. Repeat this set 2-3 times or as needed.


Plantar Fascia Stretch

Sit in a chair or on the floor with one ankle over the other leg. Hold your ankle still with one hand, while pulling your toes back slowly. Hold this pose for 15 seconds and repeat on the other foot.


Calf Stretch

Stand with your hands touching the wall in front of you. Put one leg back and keep it straight. The front leg can be bent. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 2 times on each leg.


Ice Massage

Start by freezing a water bottle. Once you have the frozen bottle, place it below the arch of your foot and roll it back and forth. Repeat on the other foot.


Towel Toe Curls

Place a towel on the floor. Use your toes to curl the towel toward you. Repeat this motion 10 times and switch feet.


Other Tips from a Physical Therapist

In addition to stretching exercises, a physical therapist may also recommend massage therapy and dry needling. At MPOWER Physical Therapy, we offer these services in house, so you can go straight from your PT appointment to your massage or dry needling appointment!


Seek Help From a Physical Therapist Near You

If you are suffering from foot pain, seek help from a physical therapist near you. At most physical therapy clinics, you will need a referral. Schedule an appointment with a medical provider, and let them know if you have a specific physical therapist or physical therapy clinic that you would like to be referred to. To schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists in Nashville, Franklin, or Brentwood, TN, call us or request an appointment online

Marina von Rutenberg Marina is the Marketing Coordinator for Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. She has been writing and reviewing medical content since 2021.

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