Focus PT September 2018

Get Back on Your Feet

Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

From the outside, the human foot may not look like much, but it’s a fascinating piece of human anatomy. Wrapped in an interlacing network of muscles, ligaments, and tendons, it’s a sturdy yet surprisingly mobile component of your body. Healthy feet are also a lot more essential to your quality of life than you probably realize — that is, until your feet start to hurt all the time and you’re forced to the sidelines of life by injury. There are a number of injuries that plague feet across the world, but by far the most common is a condition called plantar fasciitis, which affects as many as 2 million Americans each year. You’ve probably heard how important the arches of your feet are, so it makes sense that the thick band of tissue supporting that arch — called the plantar fascia — is absolutely vital. But if you are on your feet all day for work or sports, wear the wrong shoes, suddenly increase your activity levels, neglect your regular stretching routine, gain a lot of weight, or simply have poor foot genetics, that band can become irritated and inflamed. As a result, persistent, nagging pain sets in, usually toward your heel. This pain can range from mild to utterly debilitating and is usually at its worst when you first get up in the morning or when you stand

up after a long period spent sitting. However plantar fasciitis manifests, it can become a constant weight on the back of

your mind, forcing you to become sedentary, which can then cause a cascade of additional problems down the road. So, it’s important to address it as soon as your heel begins to hurt. At Focus Physical Therapy, we have a comprehensive program to treat your plantar fasciitis and get you back to a pain-free life. After pinpointing the cause and location of your pain, we’ll guide you through an exercise and stretching program at our clinic and equip you with exercises to perform at home to steadily diminish simptoms of the condition. After a few weeks, most patients report little to no pain at all in their heels, and are free to return to doing the things they love! If your aching feet are always on your mind, don’t just accept it as a fact of life. Give us a call at 949.709.8770 and eliminate your pain before it gets even worse!



When it comes to eating paleo, side dishes are almost always a bigger challenge than mains. If you’re in need of a flavorful vegetable dish, check out this recipe for spicy, savory cauliflower.


• 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons water • Chopped fresh basil, to garnish

• 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets • 2 tablespoons coconut oil • 1 teaspoon turmeric • 1/2 teaspoon cumin • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper


1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together coconut oil, spices, garlic, and water.

3. Lay cauliflower across a large baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and top with mixture. 4. Roast for 30 minutes, garnish with basil, and serve.

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