Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Do you have heel or arch pain? This injury could be the cause!

The plantar fascia is a thick tissue on the bottom of your foot that supports the arch of the foot and is stretched when your foot/toes go into dorsiflexion (toes point towards the body).

When athletes:

  • start a new training regime that includes longer distances/uneven terrains
  • buy shoes with an arch that they aren’t accustomed to before a new running cycle
  • have decreased range of motion in specific joints

the tissues in their feet are stressed and are prone to microtears.

Repeated trauma to this tissue causes inflammation and a severe amount of pain when putting pressure on the feet. This pain is usually at its highest when you first wake up in the morning and try to take your first few steps. If left untreated, it can alter your daily activities and change your body’s biomechanics causing pain higher in the kinetic chain including the knees, hip, and low back. Future posts will describe ways to diagnose this injury, prevent this injury, and alleviate pain to get back to normal training and workout routines!

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