Plantar Fasciitis



Plantar fasciitis is an injury that results from repeated strain or hyper extension of the connective ligament that runs the length of your foot. This type of injury can be painful and inhibit movement, but is manageable with the help of specialized medical professionals.

Plantar Fasciitis is more common among athletes, military soldiers and people in professions that require them to be on their feet for prolonged periods of time, as well as people suffering from obesity. Over 70% of people treated for plantar fasciitis also suffer from obesity.


People with high arches or that roll their feet inward when walking are at a higher risk to develop plantar fasciitis. Some other causes or major contributing factors are:

  • Overexertion, Hyperextension or Straining of the Foot
  • Repetitive Movement of the Foot
  • Obesity or Lack of Muscle
  • Improper Support Provided by Footwear
  • Walking or Standing for Prolonged Periods
  • Varied Types of Arthritis
  • Some Nerve Conditions
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Heel Spurs and other Bone Disorders
  • Heel Pad Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis


Plantar fasciitis symptoms are typically worse when waking. Symptoms that resemble plantar fasciitis and are experienced throughout the night may be an indication of other health issues. Depending on the extent of your injury and the pain you are experiencing, treatment of plantar fasciitis may include one or more of the following:

  • Pain in the foot
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Pain that worsens when waking


Treatment of plantar fasciitis will vary based on your personal history of injury, family history, contributory or underlying conditions and lifestyle. When working with a medical professional to define a comprehensive treatment program to optimize recovery and limit likelihood of reinjury some of the treatment strategies might include one or more of the following:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise
  • Cold Hot Therapy
  • Lifestyle Counseling
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Mechanical Support
  • Massage
  • Pharmacological Intervention
  • Epidural
  • Vibration Therapy
  • Steroid Therapy


Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.