Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory response as a result of micro tears along you plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia runs for the base of your heel, through your arch and into your toes. Your plantar fascia keeps the bottom of your foot together and absorbs a great deal of force from walking, running, standing and other everyday activities. As a result it is a very tough robust material but, because of the amount of force it absorbs, plantar fasciitis is extremely common. Pain due to plantar fasciitis is typically felt in the base of the heel, but can occur all the way along the arch along any part of the plantar fascia.It is very common to feel pain in the mornings when you get up or after rest. It is usually aggravated through weight bearing activity. People often mention that it can be aggravated by sitting in the car.
There are usually two main underlying causes of plantar fasciitis. The biggest underlying cause is misalignment in your feet. This misalignment in your feet will cause extra force through areas of the plantar fascia when you stand and walk and as a result cause these microtears that lead to inflammation and heel pain.
Tight calves will also contribute to plantar fasciitis. This is because of where the calf attaches at the base of your heel. The calves and the plantar fascia are partially connected and if the calves are tight they will increase tension at the plantar fascia causing an irritation of the plantar fascia leading to an inflammatory response.
There are a number of ways to treat plantar fasciitis, however it is usually best to treat the underlying cause. The biggest cause in most cases is the level of misalignment in the feet that leads to compensation resulting in an inflammatory response in the plantar fascia.
The best way to treat plantar fasciitis is to correct the level of misalignment. We do this is through foot mobilisation therapy which is a gentle hands on technique that corrects the alignment in your feet and strengthens the foot to reinforce the changes long term. This method is highly effective as it corrects the underlying cause without restrictions to footwear or activity found in other common treatment methods such as orthotics.