Can you Do Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis?

plantar fasciitisPlantar fasciitis is a condition that causes foot pain in the thick band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot. It connects the ball of your foot to your heel. You can experience the condition whether you’re a young athlete or someone older who’s not an athlete and everyone in between. It is possible to participate in physical therapy to better your condition. Physical therapists are movement experts that help reduce the pain of your plantar fasciitis and restore your walking ability. 

The Process

Physical therapists have a common approach to any condition, and plantar fasciitis is no different. Your physical therapist will sit down with you to evaluate your condition and determine a treatment plan to improve your condition. This includes things such as an evaluation of your gait, stretching exercises, strengthening, taping, and/or other processes your physical therapists see fit. 

Is There a Specific PT I Should See?

There isn’t a specific physical therapist that treats plantar fasciitis because all of them are trained to do so. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when deciding on a PT. First, make sure you’re seeing a physical therapist that’s experienced in treating orthopedic and sports injuries. More specifically of the ankle and foot. Second, you’ll want to see a board-certified clinical specialist. It’s important that they have the right license to treat your condition so you’ll know you’re getting quality care. 

Why Should I see a PT for my Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition, so here’s why you’ll want to get into physical therapy for it. 

  1. Physical therapy will help you identify the cause of your condition. Physical therapists are trained to look for these things so they can customize your care plan to treat the root of the condition. 
  2. Immediate pain relief is another benefit of physical therapy. Things like stretching help release tension and ice and heat decreases inflammation which also causes pain. 
  3. The exercises your PT gives you help you reach a long-term solution for your condition that doesn’t include surgery or relying on medication.


Physical therapy is, in fact, very beneficial for plantar fasciitis. We at Tieperman Health and Wellness recommend you see a physical therapist to treat your condition. In fact, contact us today and we can set you up with a consultation with one of our physical therapists as soon as possible! We’re here to help relieve your pain and live a better life. Contact us today!

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