Pain and inflammation associated with muscles and connective tissues on the bottom (arch) of your foot.

The most painful area is usually located on the bottom of the foot near the heel. Heel spurs may or may not be present. The heel spur itself is rarely a contributing factor to the pain. There is often increased pain with initial standing, walking, or running. For example, the first step out of bed in the morning or the first step after sitting for a while. The pain seems to reduce as activity continues only to get tired and achy after prolonged activity. This condition will improve with prolonged rest.

This is a common injury in athletes especially: runners, jumpers, walkers, basketball players, or people who walk a lot at work. Tightness in the calf muscles and the Achilles tendon are predisposing factors. So is weight gain. The mechanics of the foot plays an important role, especially in pronation syndrome, which is the excessive or prolonged flattening of the foot arches during walking.

Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique

The primary cause of the pain in plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis is scar tissue adhesions, caused by repeated damage of the fascia. Traditional treatments alone or together may only minimally reduce the pain and do little to prevent recurrence. 

ART and Graston Technique are relatively new approaches with very successful results. Being hands-on methods, our doctors can work directly with the soft tissues of the body. These treatments focus on locating and treating the scar tissues adhesions accumulated in the muscles and soft tissues.  The treatment is complemented with specific foot strengthening and stability exercises.