What is Plantar Fasciitis? The sole of the foot is referred to as the plantar area. Plantar fasciitis is a chronic local inflammation of the "bowstring-like" ligament stretching underneath the sole, also referred to as the plantar fascia, that attaches at the heel.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by repetitive strain injury to the ligament of the sole of the foot. Such strain injury can be from excessive running or walking, inadequate foot gear, and jumping injury from landing. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by certain diseases, including reactive arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
What are Plantar Fasciitis symptoms and signs? Plantar fasciitis causes pain and tenderness of the bottom of the foot. The tenderness is usually toward the heel, but the entire sole of the foot can be affected. A sign of abnormal tension or tightness that can lead to plantar fasciitis is a bony prominence (heel spur) that develops where the inflamed plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone (calcaneus). Plantar fasciitis can make walking and running difficult. It can make the foot feel particularly stiff and sensitive in the morning or when rising after sitting or getting out of a car. Plantar fasciitis makes it difficult to walk barefoot on hard surfaces. Sometimes the bottom of the foot can feel warm, swollen, and tender.
Treatment and Care Plantar Fasciitis is treatable yet requires 3 times per week for 2 weeks with home care. Here at the clinic we use a combination of DMSO-PMD lotion, high grade therapeutic vitamin E oil and ultrasound. (DMSO Cream is known for its therapeutic ability to soften dense scar tissue) Home care instructions will be under Patient Forms tab: Plantar Fasciitis