Plantar Fasciitis is a painful localized syndrome often caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot.
The excessive stretching of the plantar fascia leads to inflammation and discomfort, which may be caused by the following:
- Over-pronation (flat feet) which results in the arch collapsing upon weight bearing.
- A foot with an unusually high arch.
- An increase in physical activity.
- Excessive weight on the arch, often during pregnancy.
- Improperly fitting footwear.
If you experience plantar fasciitis, cushion the heel to absorb shock by elevating the heel with the use of a heel cradle or heel cup.
An orthotic with rear foot posting and longitudinal arch support is an effective device to reduce the over-pronation and allow the condition to heal.