Inflammation of the plantar Fascia (Center of Heel)
- 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.
- 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
- Plantar Fasciitis is most common in patients and athletes who have tight calf muscles, non-supportive shoes and lack of arch support.