Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis My New Arch Ortho

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often painful foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that extends from the heel bone (calcaneus) to the base of the toes.

This vital structure provides support to the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber during activities like walking, running, and standing. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated or inflamed, it can lead to intense heel pain, particularly during the first steps taken in the morning or after periods of inactivity.

Causes: Plantar fasciitis typically results from repetitive stress and strain on the plantar fascia. Common contributing factors include overuse, excessive standing or walking on hard surfaces, improper footwear, high arches, flat feet, and tight calf muscles. It can also be associated with sudden weight gain or changes in physical activity levels.

Symptoms: The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing heel pain, often described as a burning or pulling sensation. This discomfort is usually most pronounced when getting out of bed in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. As the day progresses and the foot loosens up, the pain may diminish, only to return after long periods of standing or physical activity.

Complications: If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain and functional limitations. Individuals may alter their gait to minimize discomfort, which can result in additional musculoskeletal issues, such as knee, hip, or back pain. In some cases, plantar fasciitis may cause the development of heel spurs, bony protrusions at the base of the heel.

Management: Effective management of plantar fasciitis typically involves a combination of conservative treatments. My New Arch Orthotics treat plantar fasciitis by restoring the natural arch of the foot and taking the intense pressure off of the fascia. 

Combined with stretching exercises for the calf and Achilles tendon, My New Arch Orthotics can significantly improve the prognosis for individuals with plantar fasciitis, helping them regain their mobility and alleviate pain.