Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation condition of the tissue at the bottom of your feet, which connects your toes to your heel. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The pain is most acute when you step on your feet, particularly in the morning when you first wake up. If you’re a runner, or have a job that requires a lot standing or walking or if you are overweight, then you are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis.

At YAPCHANKOR, we have helped many people seeking plantar fasciitis and heel pain treatment in Malaysia to get back on their feet. We understand that heel pain can really make your life miserable, to make you have second thoughts to even walk, which was something you never even thought about before. We also know that you may have tried other treatments that did not work and are feeling frustrated that the pain and stiffness has not gone away.

Step 1: Assess

During your first visit to us for your plantar fasciitis therapy, our physiotherapist will examine your foot for areas of tenderness. We will also ask you to rate your pain on a scale of zero to 10 and discuss how well you’re functioning with your pain. We focus on real results for our patient, so we make a strong effort to measure your progress throughout our treatment, sometimes with photos and videos too.

If you have already seen a doctor or tried any other treatments, it will be helpful if you brought the report or any X-ray, MRIs or CT scans that you may have.

Step 2: Integrative Therapy

At YAPCHANKOR, plantar fasciitis treatment is approached by first reducing the inflammation, and then teaching you techniques to strengthen your foot muscles and tendons. Our certified physiotherapists will use massage / muscle release techniques on your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, heat, TENs (electrical stimulation), and ultrasound to relax your foot and the muscles and soft tissues around it. At each session, we will also prepare our time-tested medicine patches to wrap around your foot. These patches are worn by the patient for at least 12 hours, and is not uncomfortable to walk with. However, you may need to wear sandals.

As the inflammation and pain reduces during our therapy, our physiotherapist will teach you strengthening exercises for your lower leg muscles. Plantar fasciitis happens usually because we are too used to comfortable shoes. So while orthotics may help during the painful inflamed period, you don’t want to depend on them for the rest of your life. That is why you should strengthen your foot with the exercises and try to go barefoot as often as possible.

Step 3: Results

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation condition of the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot. Our herbal medicine has strong anti-inflammatory effects to facilitate the reduction of inflammation and to improve healing rates. Wearing the patches on your foot is not going to impede movement, but you may need to wear sandals or slippers. Our patients usually will start seeing results within a few days of their treatment. How quickly you recover will depend on various factors, such as the initial severity, how old or chronic the condition is, whether you are diligent with the exercises we recommend and how often you come back for treatment.

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