Plantar Fasciitis

What is it?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common injury occurring in the rear foot.  An irritation and swelling of the plantar fascia ligament on the bottom of the foot, it often feels like a bruise on the bottom of the heel. 









Causes:
  • Plantar fasciitis can be found in both rigid and hyper mobile feet. 
  • With excessive pronation the plantar fascia is overstretched as the medial longitudinal arch collapses.
  • the calf muscles might be tight, limiting the dorsiflexion and putting more strain on the fascia as the foot moves into toe off.
  • Other contributors are obesity, sudden weight gain, shoes with poor cushioning or support, occupations with prolonged standing/walking and a sudden increase in activity intensity, time or type.
Symptoms:
  • Burning pain at the attachment of the plantar fascia on the heel.  
  • Pain is usually worse in the morning and with push off.  
  • May develop into a heel spur if chronic.
Solutions:
  • If caused by excessive pronation, we suggest a stability or motion control shoe along with an orthotic insert. In addition a supportive sandal for casual wear is often necessary.
  • Stretching for tight calf muscles 
  • Professional Massage

Products:

  • Supportive inserts
  • The Strassburg Sock
  • KT Tape
  • MuscleTrac, TheraWheel

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