Understanding and Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is primarily characterized by a micro-tear or inflammation of the plantar fascia at the base of the heel bone. This condition often manifests as sharp heel pain, especially during the first steps of the day. The pain can become chronic if not properly managed, impacting daily activities and overall quality of life.

Several factors contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. Extreme tightness in the Achilles and calf muscles can place excessive strain on the plantar fascia, leading to injury. Additionally, biomechanical issues such as having extremely flat feet or high arches can alter the distribution of weight across the foot, exacerbating the condition. Overuse injuries from activities that involve prolonged standing, walking, or running are also common causes.

Effective treatment of plantar fasciitis involves a combination of approaches. Providing arch support through orthotics or supportive footwear helps to reduce stress on the plantar fascia. Regular stretching exercises targeting the Achilles tendon and calf muscles can alleviate tightness and improve flexibility. Finally, adequate rest is crucial to allow the inflamed tissues to heal and to prevent further aggravation of the condition.

FREE Foot Evaluation

At Foot Dynamics, we offer a free foot evaluation by our certified pedothists help you select appropriate footwear, resolve a foot problem, and/or counsel you about preventative care based on your unique feet. 

Boise Location

1021 Main Street, Boise, ID 83702

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2006 E Franklin Rd suite 100, Meridian, ID 83642

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Visits with our ABC & BOC certified pedorthists are by appointment only. It is FREE.

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