Plantar fasciitis is a type of foot pain that usually occurs in the heel. Symptoms are most often worse in the morning and tend to ease off or go away as you move throughout the day. Plantar fasciitis is traditionally treated with night splints, NSAIDS, orthotics or supportive shoes...none of which we would suggest. In fact, orthotics and supportive shoes only make the matter worse.
If you find yourself with inflammation of the plantar fascia the first step is to understand why you're getting it. It could be stress, shoes or form. Once you've identified the problem, it's time to fix it. No matter the cause, the following steps should be the main focus in your rehab:
- Myofascial (or trigger point) work of plantar fascia, achilles tendon and lower/upper calves.
- Strength and dexterity work of the foot.
Check out the video below as Lee goes through a myofascial release technique for the plantar fascia. If you're looking for help in determining the cause, schedule a visit to the LAB!