Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is caused by overuse, common in frequent runners and walkers.

– Overuse. 

– Poor ankle mobility.

– High arches or flat feet. 

– Poor footwear. 

– Overweight. 

– Hip weakness/stiffness. 

– Inefficient gait pattern, esp. w/ runners.

– Sharp pain at the bottom of the foot.

– Pain is worse in the morning and gets better as the day progresses.

– Pain with running/jumping.

 At Home Diagnostic Tests

Self-palpation. (see video)


At Home Care 

– Foam roll calves.

– Roll a Lacrosse ball on the plantar fascia. 

– Calf stretch.


When to Seek Help

Contact your physical therapist if your symptoms prevent you from doing your normal activities or if they last more than 1 week.


Inspired Athletx Treatment

In plantar fasciitis, the plantar fascia is typically the victim, and other issues are the culprit – including ankle/calf stiffness, poor running mechanics, abnormal foot structure (high arches, falt feet), hip weakness/stiffness, training errors, or a combination of these factors.  The first step is to identify the causal factors through a thorough evaluation.  Manual therapy, including dry needling, is very effective for improving calf/ankle and hip mobility, allowing for full range of motion and movement pattern training.  Your physical therapist will also address your walking/running gait, training errors, and may recommend different footwear.