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Plantar Fasciitis

For some people the plantar fascia can become inflamed and cause varying degrees of pain when walking or running. It is a thick band of tissue that supports the bones on the bottom of the foot, what is commonly referred to as the arch.

Obesity, weight gain, tightness in the Achilles tendon, running, and even problems with the shape of the arch in the foot can be factors that lead to this condition. Naturally, runners with high arches or flat feet will be more prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Pregnant women are also at a higher risk for developing plantar fasciitis because hormonal changes can cause soft tissue to become loose and more prone to injury. People who are on their feet all day, or wear heels and other non supportive shoes can also at a greater risk for developing plantar fasciitis. In New York City, walking, running, and standing are a major part of every occupation. Most people who suffer from plantar fasciitis complain about pain originating from the bottom of the heel. The pain can improve throughout the day from activity becoming dull, but is more prominent earlier on, some people however complain of pain increasing as the day goes on, or as they walk for long periods of time. The bottom of the arch can become red and tender and there may be some swelling present.

Plantar Fasciitis has a very high rate of recovery, given enough time is devoted to recovery and rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy, The Graston Technique, Cold Laser Therapy, proper footwear, a GaitScan analysis for custom orthotics, combined with other advanced techniques provided at Living Well Medical can help reduce pain and start speeding up the healing process. Combining treatments and decreasing training for a period of time can be very successful in treating plantar fasciitis and reducing the risk of the injury becoming chronic.