Dealing with pain in your feet can be hard because getting around can be much more difficult. Foot pain can also make it impossible to play with your children or get in your weekly round of golf or tennis. Unfortunately, foot pain is all too common for people living with plantar fasciitis.
A recent medical study reveals that about 1% of adults in the U.S are living with plantar fasciitis. While this might not sound like a lot, it actually means that more than 3.2 million people are dealing with this foot condition. While plantar fasciitis can take quite a while to heal, as it heals there will be specific signs you can look for. There are four signs in particular that can indicate your plantar fasciitis is healing.
These four signs show that plantar fasciitis is healing
Signs that plantar fasciitis is healing can be slow to appear if it’s left untreated. One group of researchers reports that untreated, plantar fasciitis can take up to 18 months to heal. Here are four signs in particular that indicate plantar fasciitis is healing:
Morning pain has decreased in severity — Typically, plantar fasciitis pain is at its worst first thing in the morning. As this condition heals, you should have less and less pain in the morning.
Pain decreases over time — The pain of plantar fasciitis can take quite a while to go away, but it should steadily decrease over time. If your pain has steadily decreased, then it’s likely your plantar fasciitis is healing.
Pain is contained to the heel — People with severe cases of plantar fasciitis often have pain near their heel and along the arch of their foot. As the plantar fascia heals, the pain should be contained to the heel.
Knees, hips and lower back aren’t hurting — Plantar fasciitis can make walking painful, and you might change your gait, or the way you walk, to attempt to reduce the pain as you walk. However, changes in gait can lead to added stress and pain in the knees, hips and lower back. The fact that these areas aren’t hurting is a strong signal that your plantar fasciitis is getting better.
Is there a way to speed up the healing of plantar fasciitis?
There are several options that can be used to help plantar fasciitis heal faster. Surgery is one option, but it has a fairly low rate of success. However, research shows that other treatment options, such as physical therapy, are much more effective. One study reveals that six months of consistent treatment helped resolve plantar fasciitis in 97% of patients who used it.
Want to see signs that plantar fasciitis is healing faster? Visit Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Not sure where to turn for treatment that can make the signs of plantar fasciitis healing appear faster? Our Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation team is primed to assist you. We offer complimentary screenings designed to help us learn the severity of your symptoms. Our team can then construct a personalized therapy plan for you that’s intended to reduce plantar fasciitis symptoms more rapidly.
Not keen to go out in public during COVID-19? Don’t worry. We’re currently offering virtual care and at-home therapy sessions so you can get therapy without leaving your home. Even better, you can begin physical therapy without the need for a doctor’s referral.
Contact our team today for more plantar fasciitis treatment information or to schedule an initial appointment.