How to Heal Plantar Fasciitis

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To heal plantar fasciitis, use a water bottle with ice and a chair to stabilize while stretching the calf muscles. Learn to treat plantar fasciitis pain and discomfort with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi. My name is Tricia Trinque, and I'm a Physical Therapist at Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And we will be talking today about how to heal Planter Fasciitis. The materials that we will be using today are a water bottle with ice as well as a chair to stabilize and do stretching of the calf with. One of the most important things for the treatment and healing of Planter Fasciitis is to make sure that we have a good stretch of the calf muscles. And in order to do that, we're going to use the support of a chair. So Michelle is going to put one leg forward, which is the leg that we're not actually stretching. Her knee will be bent. She will be leaning in to chair. Her back leg, which is the leg that we will be stretching, will be back towards me. So bring it back a little bit further. Her knee will be straight and her heel will be in contact with the floor. As she bends the forward knee a little more, she'll be able to feel a feel a nice gentle stretch in the back of the calf area, as well as in to the Achilles tendon. And this also helps to stretch the area of the plantar surface of the foot which is the bottom of the foot which tends to get irritated and inflamed. And it's very important that we keep this muscle that is part of the ankle complex good and stretched. She will hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat two to three times on each leg. In order to treat and heal the symptoms of pain and discomfort from Plantar Fasciitis, we utilize an ice bottle that the patient rolls forward and backwards up underneath the plantar surface of the foot to reduce the pain and inflammation as well as getting a nice stretch of the plantar surface. And bringing the toes up in to extension as she comes back. Good. Nice flexing of the foot rolling on to the surface of the ice bottle. So we're getting reduction in inflammation as well as a nice stretch to help with the treatment of her Plantar Fasciitis. Hi. Again, my name is Tricia Trinque and I'm a Physical Therapist with Seabreeze Physical Therapy and we've discussed the treatment of Planter Fasciitis. Should you have additional pain or discomfort, please contact your physical therapist or physician for further evaluation.

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