5 Ways to Reduce Plantar Fasciitis Pain

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Plantar Fasciitis is a condition of the foot where the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot, from the heel to your toes, is inflamed and causes pain. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to be aware of some remedies you can do at home! On top of common pain relief measures, such as a proper warm up before physical and activity and taking a pain relief medication, you can incorporate these 5 ways to manage your pain!

  1. Stretch your Achilles – By doing calf stretches you will loosen the tension on your heel and will take stress off your plantar fascia
  2. Stretch and massage your Plantar Fascia – This is more effective than stretching your Achilles alone. You can do toe stretches, use a towel to stretch the bottom of your foot, or flex your foot up and down. Massaging the bottom of your foot will also aid in pain relief.
  3. Wear over-the-counter shoe inserts – Putting the arch of your foot into a correct position will relieve stress on your plantar fascia. A recent study also showed that pre-made orthotics produce better results than custom-made orthotics. For runners, be sure to replace old athletic shoes every 400-500 miles of use.
  4. Ice – Roll the bottom of your food on a frozen water bottle for 5-10 minutes to control inflammation. You can do so three or four times a day or after activity.
  5. RestRest is a must to allow your tissues to heal. For runners, reduce your miles or slow down. Ongoing activity with only make symptoms worst.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists will develop specific exercise programs for our clients who suffer plantar fasciitis. Our personalized programs provide results in an affordable, fun, and healing environment.

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for any questions or to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868           


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Two (very) Good Reasons to Limit Your Flip-flop Use

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Now that it’s August, summer is undoubtedly in full swing (if you couldn’t tell already)! Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, knows that summer means sandal weather, right? For many of us, that is true. However, continue reading to learn why it might be best to limit how often you are in your flip-flops.

close up of female legs in sandals walking on forest road

  1. They lack support– “The let your foot be as flat as they can be,” says Jim Christina, director of scientific affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Association. If your foot is too flat, you aren’t getting any support. This can lead to a number of conditions and injuries, such as plantar fasciitis– inflammation of tissue on the underside of your feet, or hammertoe– which causes the knuckles of your toes to arch upwards. Sandals also lack ankle support and are more difficult to recover from missteps or tripping, making you susceptible to falls and a number of other injuries.


  1. They are not hygienic– You probably could have guessed that sandals are not supportive, but give this idea some thoughtwhen was the last time you washed your sandals? No, not just splashing them with the hose- were talking about a deep, hard scrub. The New York Times took flip-flops from their staff and sent them to a lab. Inside the foam they found Staphylococcus aureus, known to cause (your guessed it) Staph infections. To top things off, the lab also found 18,100 other harmful bacteria on the sandals.

Contact Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an assessment with one of our expert physical therapists!


1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste.1

Orange, Ca 92868

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Plantar Fasciitis Effective Solutions

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Plantar Fasciitis: Effective Solutions at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

According to Grace Walker, Physical Therapist, plantar fasciitis is a common foot problem that affects people of all ages. While athletes may be slightly more likely to develop this condition, it is also prominent in anyone who works in a job where they must stand for long periods of time. Those over the age of 40, or those who have flat feet tend to be more susceptible to the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Likewise, those who have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) may experience heel pain more often than others. At Walker PT & Pain Center, our therapists are experts in plantar fasciitis pain relief!Plantar Fasciitis

It is important to follow these “Do’s and Don’ts” to help manage your pain:

  • Do wear cushioned shoes wit a good base of support.
  • Do use an ice pack 30 minutes before bed.
  • Do follow your doctor’s instructions.
  • Don’t wear flip flips, sandals, or shoes with little support.
  • Don’t walk on uneven surfaces.

Following those tips is a great first step! However more needs to be done to heal your plantar fasciitis. Our affordable “Walker method” is the key to helping you live, work, and play again. Our team of experts led by Grace Walker Physical Therapy  will help you increase your strength and flexibility through our Flex N Move program. Soft tissue and joint mobilization is used to work out spasms, tightness, and pain. Manual therapy will reduce inflammation and increase function. Our therapists also use Kinesio Tape to facilitate the body’s natural healing process and to provide stability and support to muscles. All patients will educated and given a personalized home exercise program.

Success Story: “I was treated for plantar fasciitis. After a cortisone shot failed to help I decided to give physical therapy a try. When I first came in my foot was very painful and after four weeks of therapy (two visits a week), my foot was healed completely. I leave here painless. Thank you Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center!”                                                                                               -Beverly H.

Call for an appointment now! 714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste#1, Orange Ca 92868

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