Plantar Fasciitis is basically inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. You have the fascia which connects all our muscles in our bodies like a 3D arrangement within our muscular system that gets inflamed at the bottom of the foot. It attaches from your heel and it fans out towards your toes. You have more pain on the bottom of your foot closer to your heel. This can be from poor biomechanics, improper footwear, a misaligned pelvis or muscle imbalance of the lower extremity. The inflammation in the fascia gets irritated and that can happen from adhesions, knots, or scar tissue build up. People find that when they get up first thing in the morning, taking the first few steps out of bed feels like you’re walking on glass.
Click Image To Enlarge
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that does not easily go away on its own. The build-up of adhesions on the bottom of the foot lends itself to a lot of tension within the soft tissue. With walking these muscles need to move properly in order for proper gait biomechanics. Since these muscles are under a lot of tension this creates a significant amount of pain when walking. People that walk all day or who stand on their feet all day on hard surfaces will typically experience the most pain and discomfort. Without proper treatment the cumulative injury cycle will continue and eventually end up as a chronic condition.
What I will do is strip the muscles on the bottom of the foot using ART. Working the fascia and all the tiny intrinsic foot muscles along with the muscles of the lower leg will help to reduce and eliminate the knots and adhesions restricting proper movement of the soft tissue. I will then make sure that there is proper alignment within the ankles, the knees and the hips. Specially fitted footwear or an orthotic may also be suggested to prevent a re-occurrence of shin splints.
Left untreated plantar fasciitis and the affected soft tissue will pull on your heel bone, the calcaneus. Over time it creates stress on your bone and can actually cause a bone spur on the calcaneus. Left untreated, that gets more and more painful and you’re going to be left with surgery as your only option to get rid of the heel spur. However you’re still not dealing with the initial cause of the pain which is improper biomechanics and scar tissue build up in the fascia and the muscles.