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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Heel Pain and Physical Therapy Modialities

The following video briefly goes over some physical therapy modalities commonly used in the treatment of heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis and plantar heel bursitis.

Ultrasound is commonly used as a source of deep heat.

Ultrasound is typically used for 5 minutes.

Ultrasound must be kept moving to prevent burns.

Interferential is used to reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.

Interferential must be diagonally crossed.

Interferential is typically used for 15 minutes.

Deep tissue work is used to breakdown scar adhesions. A skilled manual therapist can even break down a bursae, but it is very tricky to not inflame the bursitis further.


  1. It is also advisable to see a chiropractor about heel pain. There are physical therapies out there for heel pain.

  2. Although NSAIDs reduce pain and inflammation, one can get pain relief from natural treatments like exercises and other physical therapy measures. Placing pads in the shoe also softens the impact of walking.

  3. Look for the right treatment for your heel pain. There are various remedies available.

  4. In a presentation entitled How Physical Therapists Address Obesity in Clinical Practice, "physical therapists can help patients recognize that simple behavior changes like parking further away from the grocery store can make a difference."

  5. Really! Heel pain is a very common ailment seen by podiatrists and physical therapists.


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