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June 18, 2008

Plantar Fasciitis

People often approach me with their ailments in a social setting. I would have to say that one condition I get asked about a lot is Plantar Fasciitis. Almost immediately after they bring up the topic the next question that ensues is “Can you help me with it? I mean, you work on joints.”

Besides being a chiropractor, I specialize in a soft tissue technique that was designed to treat conditions like Plantar Fasciitis. You can read about it on the home page or on the ART section of this site.

First of all what is plantar fasciitis?

There is a piece of connective tissue on the bottom of the arch of the foot that connects the front of the heel bone (calcaneus) to the base of the toes (metatarsal heads) and it’s purpose is to help maintain the arch and absorb shock with every step you take. Sometimes when your arches fall (overpronation) this fascia or connective tissue becomes overstretched and inflammed, which in turn results in pain especially the first step you take in the morning. When this happens scar tissue forms to protect the foot arch and less blood can reach these structures, which results in more pain.

I have had numerous patients that claim they cannot run, bike, hike, or ski because of this exact kind of pain.

I just want you to know. This is very treatable and if uncomplicated, it resolves fairly quickly with Active Release Technique.

Be aware that all types of heel pain or foot pain are not necessarily plantar fasciitis, it is important to be properly diagnosed. Heel pain can be caused by nerve, tendons, muscles, or bones.

I’m here to help.

Dr. Clark

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