Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the fascia
Fascia: Thick connective tissue that is attached at the front of the heel running along the arch of the foot and branching out to attach behind the ball of the foot
Inflammation Occurs When: The fascia stretches with each step to absorb the shock; therefore, when there is over use of the fascia due to impact caused by increased activity during the day such as, sports, weight gain, and walking on hard flooring, the fascia strains and becomes inflamed. Micro tears may occur at the front of the heel which may cause heel or arch pain.
- Dull pain throughout the day – in the arch of the foot and/or at the bottom of the heel
- Increased pain in the arch or heel area during higher levels of activity
- Sharp heel pain – first step in the morning or after a resting period, which decreases or gone within 20 minutes of walking
- Severe constant pain throughout the day
Solution: Support the arch with an orthotic device to decrease the strain and tension on the fascia.
Orthoses: Custom made insole fabricated to contour and support the arch of the foot. The insole allows the weight of the body to be distributed evenly along the foot, decreasing any point pressures. By supporting the long arch of the foot, the strain on the fascia is decreased, helping the micro tears to regenerate and eliminate the inflammation and pain.
A spur is a calcium deposit
Spurs Occurs When: Heel spurs are a response to long term strain of the fascia at the front of the heel. It can also occur at the back of the heel along the Achilles tendon attachment. The growth of the spur is the body’s attempt to decrease the tension and heal the injury.
Front of heel: Heel cushioned orthotic will alleviate the pressure and absorb the shock on the heel, and the arch support will decrease tension on the fascia
Back of heel: Heel raise with the arch support will decrease tension on the Achilles tendon and the fascia
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