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How Do I Deal With My Plantar Fasciitis?

The Plantar fascia is a ligament located on the bottom of the foot. It functions
by attaching the ball of the foot to the front of the heel. It is important in
maintaining arch height and providing stability
to the foot when you walk.

When there are problems with the way you walk, increased stress on the fascia causes
injury and subsequently pain. Biomechanical problems can include the big toe having
too much movement, the foot over pronating (arch collapsing) or the ankle being
restricted or stiff in its movement increasing stress on the Plantar fascia.
Typically the fascia will try to repair itself when you sleep or sit for extended
periods. Once you stand up and put weight on the fascia, you tear the ligament and
thwart these attempts to heal the fascia. This explains why pain is often worse
first thing in the morning or after standing from sitting for longer periods of
time.

One of the more effective solutions is to support the arch with a custom foot orthotic.
Custom orthotics will limit the stretch on the Plantar fascia. Once you limit the
repetitive strain on the fascia; the inflammation and the pain it causes will generally
resolve over a period of 6-8 weeks. As you are correcting the biomechanics with
custom orthotics, you will need to stretch the tight achilles tendon and use cold
laser, ice and ultrasound to decrease inflammation and speed up healing.

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