Relieve heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis with custom orthotics – St. Paul – Minneapolis, MN area experts
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a common ailment that results in a stabbing pain at the bottom of the heel. It is the result of the stretching of the Plantar Fascia ligament that connects the bottom (plantar) surface of the forefoot to the heel. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Most people feel the pain of plantar fasciitis after awakening, however long periods of standing or sitting, then walking can trigger the pain.
The job of the plantar fascia is to support the arch of the foot during the walking or running stride
One of the causes of plantar fasciitis is when the natural posture of the weighted foot is pronated (tipped and/or flattened to the inside). In this posture, the plantar fascia ligament is excessively stretched. It’s been estimated that an average person takes 7,500 steps a day. If the foot pronates (80% of the population has this condition) each and every step creates excessive tension on this ligament which creates micro tears at the attachment point of the ligament and the heel. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis is caused by the small micro tears between the ligament and the heel.
If plantar fasciitis is caught early an orthotic will usually solve the problem. An orthotic will put the foot in a neutral posture which shortens the distance between the forefoot and the heel; this reduces the excessive tension on the plantar fascia ligament.
In the case of severe pain, the micro tears between the ligament and the heel need to be addressed separately. The best way we’ve found to deal with this is through a tape therapy product that usually provides almost instant relief. The product’s design holds the foot in compression and takes tension off of the ligament. The kit includes 15 applications that are worn for 3-5 days each making the entire procedure take about 6 weeks. We’ll show you how to apply the tape yourself. We’ve had excellent results with this product.