Plantar Fasciitis

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Definition

Inflammation of the plantar Fascia (Center of Heel)

Overview:

    • The Plantar Fascia is one of the six major structures supporting the medial longitudinal arch (large inner arch) therefore when the arch lacks support fasciitis is likely to occur.
    • Research documents a tight heel cord is present in patients who are affected by plantar fasciitis.
    • The calf muscle works against the medial longitudinal arch (large inner arch) and needs to be stretched at least 1 minute 3-5 times per day
    • Injections are indicated in severe cases and achieve short-term goals by the patient or athlete.

Treatment:

    • Slow gentle calf stretching  (Click here to learn to stretch properly)
    • Elevation of the heels
    • Orthotic support
    • Proper supportive footwear
    • Severe cases- walking boot or surgery

Tip:

    • Plantar Fasciitis is most common in patients and athletes who have tight calf muscles, non-supportive shoes and lack of arch support.