What is it?
Plantar fasciitis/heel pain is an injury that affects the lower arch of your foot and is most painful when you first walk around in the morning or after long periods of rest. The plantar fascia is a long, thick, and tough band of tissue that provides support for the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is designed to stretch like a bowstring, which allows the arch of the foot to flatten and absorb the pressure of the heel impacting the ground. This fascia is not very flexible and repetitive stretching such as running can result in small tears in the fascia. Because circulation isn’t the best in the Plantar fascia, using manual techniques to stretch and loosen the fascia will help to lengthen it and stop it from tearing.
Recovery includes a combined approach of rest, icing the painful area, and stretching. Depending on the severity of the condition, here at Elite Performance Therapy we may also include manual therapy techniques and instruct you in a series of specific strengthening exercises and taping to support the bottom of your foot.