Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis
What is it? 
Plantar fasciitis is the most common injury occurring at the hind foot, characterized as an irritation and swelling of the fascia on the plantar aspect of the foot. Pain generally manifests at the posterior and medial aspect of 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
  • In a rigid foot, 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 include 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
  • Superfeet inserts promote support and alignment for the plantar fascia
  • Stretching for tight calf muscles - products that will help include The Stick, Trigger Point, and Moji
  • Foot massage for myofascial release, including the Foot Wheel and Trigger Point kits
  • Icing
  • Strassburg Sock