What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. If tension and stress on that bowstring become too great, small tears can arise in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed, though in many cases of plantar fasciitis, the cause isn't clear.
The treatment that I provide has three main goals...
Decrease the inflammation to the plantar fascia.
Strengthen the tendons and muscles under the foot to provide more support so it doesn't happen again.
Stimulate the tendons to promote faster healing.