The plantar fascia is a piece of thick connective tissue located along the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, causing pain along the bottom of the foot and heel.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by overuse, common in frequent runners and walkers.
– Poor ankle mobility.
– High arches or flat feet.
– Poor footwear.
– 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.