OPTM PT of Saratoga January 2018

PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Te s t i mo n i a l Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

“I have been going to OPTM Saratoga regularly for the past six years. They were recommended by my sports medicine doctor at SOAR. I have seen them for a variety of issues surrounding motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries. “Although I have seen the majority of their therapists, I continue to regularly see Robert, Todd, and Fabrice. I cannot say enough positive things regarding the crew, especially Robert. I tend to be demanding, wanting to understand the issues and wanting to know what I need to do to rehabilitate myself and prevent future injuries. “I am active and in my 50s. I need to work out smarter, and OPTM has been a key element in this journey. I could have been paralyzed by pain, but through our efforts, this has not occurred. I am training for a marathon and doing other athletic sports. The reason why I say ‘we’ is that it must be a joint effort. They work with you and give you the information to be successful. Ultimately, it is the individual who has to carry it to its conclusion. “Again, I like the fact they explain in great detail what the issues are, what is causing them, and what I need to do to eliminate or manage the circumstances. They also discuss their findings with your doctor, and, in some cases, that results in a better diagnosis. “An additional benefit I have utilized is their other programs. They have a monthly gym program for a fee that permits you to utilize their equipment to continue the rehabilitation process. The therapists are there to answer questions and maybe tweak what you need to do. I also like the fact that they email the routine to you so you can do the exercises at home. This is important since I do not remember every detail they provide during the session, and it provides a long-term reference document. They also do wellness appointments. When I finally recovered from an injury, I wanted advice relative to maintaining a particular sport. Insurance would not cover it, but they saw me and analyzed my form and made recommendations to improve strength and flexibility for the specific sport. “Finally, they have a golf analysis program through Fabrice. It was nice to have my body mechanics evaluated as they relate to golf. It took into account my personal strengths and weaknesses and provided solutions to improve my game. “I also don’t want to forget their front office. They are always pleasant and very efficient. I like the way they keep me informed and track the number of visits. Plus, they work with the insurance companies.” –Daniel E.

The Most Common Source of Foot Pain

Do you experience sharp, radiating pain in the bottom of your foot when you first wake up in the morning? Does the pain reappear after a long period spent sitting, like after a day of work? Do you find that your foot pain goes away after a walk, but reappears later at night? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may suffer from plantar fasciitis, one of the most common sources of foot pain in America, and one of the most persistent. Since we use them every day, it’s easy to take our feet for granted. But when every step is painful, it becomes impossible to ignore. So, what causes it in the first place? Our feet take a lot of abuse, supporting hundreds of pounds of pressure every day. Though it seems like a simple appendage, the foot is as complicated as anything else in our body, composed of a complex structure of muscle and bone. Beneath the entire thing is a supportive band of thick ligament tissue called the plantar fascia, which keeps your arch stable. But if this band becomes strained, either through overuse, trauma, or inflexibility, it can become inflamed, causing pain near the bottom of your heel. The disorder is highly common in the United States, with some estimates claiming that as much as 10 percent of the population will suffer from plantar fascia dysfunction sometime in their lives. Though pain is unlikely to subside of its own accord, it’s almost always treatable through a simple regimen of physical therapy, administrated by an experienced professional. Most exercises and treatments center around increasing flexibility in the tendons of the foot, reducing friction and dysfunction. But, as with most injuries, there are usually contributing factors that spread beyond the actual location of the pain, such as the ankles, calves, and other leg muscles. A physical therapist can determine the root cause of the issue and work with you to eliminate it at the source.

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