Plantar Fasciitis

plantar fasciitsPlantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick pad of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. The plantar fascia helps to maintain the arch of the foot and is also one of the major transmitters of weight across the foot as you walk or run.

When the plantar fascia becomes tight and inflamed the tissue begins to pull it away from its connection at the heel. This often results in a bone spur, as a calcification begins to form at the spot where the the plantar fascia is being pulled away. In an x-ray of this type of foot issue, you will see what looks like a spur of bone making up for the shortening of the planar fascia. Plantar fasciitis symptoms are usually limited to the heel; though sometimes involve the front of the foot as well.

There are many causes attributed to this problem— too much activity, arthritis, diabetes, poor shoes, and others. Poor body mechanics are often listed last in the list. We think that poor posture and gait are the main contributing factors for this troubling injury and therefore should top the list.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms typically worsen early in the morning after sleep. Your first steps after waking can feel as if you are walking on shards of glass. Over the course of the night the plantar fascia has pulled off of the sole of the foot, tightening, and drawing the toes in towards the heel. As you begin to walk around and loosen the plantar fascia, the pain usually subsides, but often returns with prolonged standing or walking.

The CoreWalking secret to healing your plantar fasciitis lies in learning a new way to place your foot over the course of the day to put way less strain on the heal and minimize the wear and tear of the plantar fascia.