Plantar Fasciitis - is a painful inflammatory condition caused by excessive strain to the "plantar fascia" (bottom fibrous area) of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue originating on the bottom surface of the calcaneus (heel bone) and extending along the sole of the foot towards the five toes.
The cause of plantar fasciitis
can be from a specific trauma to the foot or from chronic repetitive
strain often associated with the flat overly pronated foot. Pain is
usually felt on the underside of the heel, inside more often than
outside of the arch, and is often most intense with the first steps of the day.
It is commonly associated with long periods of weight bearing.
Excessive weight or weight gain, jobs that require a lot of standing or
walking on hard surfaces, shoes with little or no arch support, and
inactivity are also associated with the condition. In advanced cases plantar fasciitis can lead to heel spurring on the calcaneus, in which case it is the underlying condition, and not the spur itself, which produces the pain. Achilles tendinitis can sometimes be associated with plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis can be successfully treatment with the support of custom orthotic inserts.
Dr. Michael Horowitz offers a 5-Step process to successfully treating this condition. He can help evaluate & diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of action for you. Call Vancouver Orthotics at 604-737-3668 for mor information.
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