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Plantar fasciitis ("PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus") is an inflammation of your plantar fascia from excessive stress and force applied at the heel bone. The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissue found under your feet. Poor biomechanics and an abnormal walking pattern can predispose your feet to develop plantar fasciitis.
What causes Plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can be the result of being flat-footed (too much pronation), having feet with a really high arch, a sudden increase in stress on your feet (gaining weight, walking a lot on vacation, wearing flip flops all summer, etc.)
Over-pronation is the leading cause of plantar fasciitis. Over-pronation occurs in the walking process, when your arches collapse suddenly, causing the plantar fascia to be stretched and pull away from the heel bone.
Most people feel a sharp pain directly under their heels with plantar fasciitis. The pain is worst with the first steps in the morning after getting out of bed or if you've been sitting for a long time (e.g. driving to work). In some cases, the more you walk, the better the feet feel. This problem can start off intermittently but can worsen and become chronic if you don't treat it promptly.
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We can help you with plantar fasciitis. It does get better.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common problem seen in our clinic. We begin with performing a physical exam of your feet to make sure you are dealing with plantar fasciitis. We will provide you with recommendations about exercises and stretches that need to be done at home. On your first visit, we would likely tape up your feet and suggest appropriate shoes for everyday use. If your feet need them, we will cast your feet for custom made foot orthotics. We also have physical therapy options in the clinic to help with your heel pain. These include FOX laser, MedX phototherapy, Shockwave therapy. In some cases using The Strassburg Sock overnight will significantly help with the morning pain. We may recommend this to you as well.