Plantar Fasciitis will generally affect the heel or arch of the foot. It’s commonly a sharp pain with initial activity but will get slightly better as activity continues. The pain will set in at night or the following day, especially when first getting out of bed. This condition usually creeps up over time
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis, like all repetitive strain injuries, generally develops over a long period of time. Fascia and soft tissues of the feet can be stressed by a number of things: change in physical activity, repetitive motions that stress soft tissue in the foot and legs, standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, existing muscle imbalances, shoes that have inadequate support, or acute trauma to the feet. As a result of these stresses, the fascia develops micro-tears. When they aren't able to heal properly, they become inflamed and irritated. The inflammation causes the body to lay down restrictive scar tissue, which shortens the plantar flexors.
What are symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Sharp pain is present at the base of the heel and spanning the arch of the foot. When waking up and getting out of bed, plantar fasciitis pain will feel very sharp during the first steps. Pain is also present after periods of sitting for prolonged time.
How do you treat Plantar Fasciitis?
ART treatments are utilized to lengthen and free up the fascia and muscles deep within the foot. Stretching and strengthening protocols for the bottom of the foot can then be implemented to reassure the problem does not reoccur with more activity.