Physical Therapy Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

At Release Physical Therapy, our seasoned therapists perform comprehensive assessments to pinpoint the root causes of your plantar fasciitis. We then design individualized treatment plans aimed at promoting healing and relieving your specific issues.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

At Release Physical Therapy, our seasoned therapists perform comprehensive assessments to pinpoint the root causes of your plantar fasciitis. We then design individualized treatment plans aimed at promoting healing and relieving your specific issues.

We'll help you get back to work, back in the game, and back to doing the activities you love.

Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Washington, D.C.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that occurs in the plantar fascia, a fibrous band of tissue at the bottom of the foot, due to over-stressing or overloading, and it typically occurs at the heel. It is the most common inferior heel pain and occurs in about 10% of the population. Symptoms often occur gradually over time or can come on suddenly following intense physical activity.

One of the most common and hallmark symptoms of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel during your first few steps when you first rise in the morning, or when you get up to walk after a period of inactivity. Other symptoms include pain that worsens with standing or walking for a long period of time, pain with walking barefoot, or pain after an increase in activity such as running. Plantar Fasciitis can affect any age from 8 to 80 years old and its cause can be multifactorial. 

At Release Physical Therapy, we have a team of physical therapists who are well-trained in the treatment of plantar fasciitis with the use of research-based technology and treatment techniques to ensure you are receiving the best treatment. Our goal is for you to return to doing what you love without limitation.

paul duffy
paul duffy
Best PT experience I’ve had thus far, and I’ve had quite a few. As a fitness professional and weekend foot soldier cyclist, I demand a lot from my body. Steph helped me restore stability and quality range of motion after my shoulder surgery and did far ahead of schedule. She’s the perfect balance of tough but caring, and above all very good at what she does.
jared hyman
jared hyman
The single best PT experience I’ve ever had.
Drew Fisher
Drew Fisher
Beautiful clinic and the therapist are highly skilled and knowledgeable. I always recommend Release to friends and family.
Phillip E
Phillip E
During a trip of mine in August 2021 I came to release physical therapy from NY. The majority of my therapy was dry needling and some post needling muscle re-education. I received dry needling mainly from Bettie Kruger. Mrs Kruger is a very efficient dry needler. Ive been to quite a few places and she definitely knows what she is doing. The function and effectiveness of dry needling is heavily dependent on the skill of the clinician. There are physical therapists in the D.C. area that I've been to first hand, who although they are certified in dry needling they haven't a clue what they're doing. Similar to some people who have a barbers license and still don't know how to cut hair. Aside from her skill in anatomy and needling Bettie is energetic, she doesn't cut corners or try to cheat you out of your time. She's not lazy. You'll get about 53 to 55 minutes for the hour. She is not against patient oriented care, meaning she is open and responsive to patient input and requests. Patient centered care is an extremely useful approach that helps relieve and calm down some of the psychologically induced brain and pain connections one may be dealing with. She doesn't just dictate to you what is going to happen because she is the therapist and youre the patient. I had a few sessions with Mrs.Simon, not as many as with Bettie. I'm pretty sure id have a very similar review and experience of her. Oh yeah they have a little blue tooth speaker playing music, they'll even let you change the music, turn it down or even turn it off if you want. The bathroom was very clean, had a cool automatic light as well as faucet water. The hand soap smelled good too. The office manager Mrs Gonzalez was competent in scheduling appointments and responding to emails. Shes nice, polite, soft spoken. Their Instagram is pretty cool and visually gives you some insight on what to expect. Oh yeah they do cupping, graston and from what I saw was ultra sound guided dry needling. Bettie's pretty good at feeling for the knots but it will be cool to see it in real time, meh. Alot of places in the d.c. region will give you a bunch of silly pictures or have some motionless photos that don't leave much to interpret. When you get to those places you ask yourself "what the".... Whether you're in need of a "touch up" from acute pain or in a slightly worse case of chronic or persistent pain. I wouldn't even waste my time looking around. I would just go to release PT especially compared to any other clinics/pts in the Maryland D.C area. I have some pretty not so nice things to say about other clinics.
Elisa Barnett
Elisa Barnett
Best physical therapist’s in the DC area!!! Personable, great staff, and an amazing massage therapist!!! Very clean & professional. Highly recommend!
Trip O'Connell
Trip O'Connell
I have had back and neck injuries for years, and the ladies at Release keep me in the game! They are miracle workers!

Does physical therapy help with plantar fasciitis?

According to research, those who receive physical therapy treatment for plantar fasciitis recover more quickly. With physical therapy, especially at Release, you have a team of specialists who take the time to evaluate you to not only treat the pain that you are experiencing but also identify the cause of it. Plantar fasciitis can develop as a result of decreased mobility, poor mechanics, muscle tightness or weakness, etc. Identifying your particular cause and receiving personalized treatment to address it makes a big difference in your recovery process and return to activity. 

Patients who receive physical therapy treatment for plantar fasciitis have been found to have an improvement in their gait while walking, an increase in muscle flexibility, a decrease in their pain, especially in the morning, and an increase in strength. They also have fewer follow-up appointments with their physicians following treatment and lower healthcare costs.


What therapy is best for plantar fasciitis?

Physical therapy is the best line of treatment for plantar fasciitis, as the severity and duration of symptoms vary from person to person. At Release Physical Therapy, you have access to a skilled professional who can identify contributing factors to your symptoms and create a plan of care unique to you to address it. 

Another form of treatment that works for plantar fasciitis is something called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, or Shockwave as it’s commonly known. This is a noninvasive treatment that utilizes acoustic shock waves to the plantar fascia stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. It is widely used to decrease pain and promote the healing of tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue that have been injured. This is a treatment that is offered at Release Physical Therapy and can be utilized alongside other research-based tools and treatments to aid in the recovery process of patients. Patients are evaluated during their one-on-one session with their therapist and the best plan of care is curated to achieve their personal goals and help them return to activity.


Should you massage plantar fasciitis?

Massaging the plantar fascia can be a good form of treatment to help with increasing blood flow to the fascia which can promote healing and decreasing tightness. 

Plantar fasciitis occurs on a spectrum from mild to severe and treatment for it depends on your level of irritability and the level of hindrance in functional activity. In milder cases, massaging of the plantar fascia before taking that first step in the morning and after prolonged activity can be a good form of management of symptoms till they improve. In more moderate to severe cases, massaging of the plantar fascia can provide temporary mitigation of symptoms until the patient can get in to see a provider. At Release Physical Therapy, we offer a wide range of treatment techniques and tools from laser treatment to dry needling and shockwave therapy to help with the management of symptoms and rehabilitation of foot joints and muscles for return to activity.

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Does walking help plantar fasciitis?

For patients with plantar fasciitis at least in the mild to moderate cases, usually patients report that the first few steps in the morning and after long periods of inactivity are the worst, however, after walking and moving, symptoms tend to decrease.


What not to do if you have plantar fasciitis?

Some things that you may want to avoid when you have a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis include putting heat on your foot. The main issue with PF is that there is inflammation of the plantar fascia occurring towards the heel of the foot and heat promotes inflammation and this may contribute to worsening of symptoms. Ice is the better modality to use in the treatment of plantar fasciitis to calm down symptoms and decrease inflammation.

Another thing to avoid during recovery from plantar fasciitis is walking barefoot or walking in shoes that do not have good support. This typically leads to an increase in pain and symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.


Does plantar fasciitis ever go away?

Yes, plantar fasciitis symptoms typically improve with the right treatment in good time. For some patients with more severe and chronic cases, ensuring that you receive the right treatment is imperative as flare-ups may occur. However, having a good physical therapist such as the team members at Release, can equip you with essential tools and exercises that help with the management of symptom flare-ups even after you’re better and have been discharged. 


Does rolling a ball under your foot help plantar fasciitis?

Utilizing tools such as a tennis or lacrosse ball is a great way to provide soft and deep tissue massage to the plantar fascia in a convenient way that helps decrease tightness in the tissue and helps to relieve symptoms. This can be most beneficial especially when symptoms are at the worst such as the first few steps in the morning, after prolonged activity of standing/sitting, or getting up to move after a long period of inactivity.

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Release Physical Therapy


At Release Physical Therapy Washington, DC, we offer a full range of manual therapies, as well as both traditional and non-traditional techniques. We work one-on-one with our patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs, conditions, wellness goals and fitness levels. Learn More

Active Release Technique ® (ART)

Massage and movement-based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

K-Laser ® Therapy

The use of specific wavelengths of light to improve healing time, pain reduction, increase circulation and decrease swelling.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Needle treatment that decreases pain, increases range of motion and improves strength by inactivating myofascial trigger points.

ASTYM ® Therapy

Regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

Kineseo ® Taping Method

Taping technique that reduces muscular pain and inflammation, relaxes overused muscles, improves posture and movement awareness and enhances performance.

Running Assessment

Individualized biomechanical analysis designed to identify strength, gait, and alignment imbalances to decrease risk of injury and improve your current training program.

Functional Training

Exercise regimens that integrate multiple muscle groups, joints and the brain to prepare the body for everyday movement, athletics and other specialized physical activities.

Graston Technique ®

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization used to address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Rehabilitation therapy and performance training technique using a Personalized Tourniquet System® designed for BFR, to reduce atrophy and increase strength.

Shockwave Therapy

A non-invasive, office based treatment that utilizes acoustic waves to alleviate pain, promote tissue regeneration, and accelerate the healing process.

Massage Therapy

Manual manipulation of the soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints to relieve pain, improve circulation, and address specific musculoskeletal conditions.

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