Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the #1 most common foot problem. It is caused by activity, overuse and aging. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation due to repeated overstretching of the plantar fascia ligament (fat pad of the foot), usually at the point where the fascia is attached to the heel bone. This condition can also occur at the front of the foot. The pain usually decreases after walking.

Contributing factors are:

If this condition is not treated, the constant pulling of the plantar fascia on the calcaneus will result in Heel Spurs.  The body will lay down new bone growth in the direction of the pull to alleviate the stretch and give the ligament some slack.  The result is a bony prominence on the bottom of the heel.
Since the cause is overstretching of the plantar ligament due to overpronation, a custom orthotic works very well in addressing the biomechanical causitory factors.  A custom orthotic that is casted while the foot is in neutral position will reestablish the natural contour of the arch and prevent the functional collapse of the arch thereby protecting the plantar fascia from overstretching.