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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves the inflammation of the connective tissue on the soles of the feet. This thick tissue—called the plantar fascia—creates the arch of the foot by connecting the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is considered to be the most common complaint related to the foot.

Pain from Plantar Fasciitis is Most Evident:

  • As you take your first steps in the morning
  • When standing after sitting for long periods
  • While climbing stairs
  • During and immediately after exercising

Effective NW Calgary Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

At Shephard Health, we use a combination of NW Calgary plantar fasciitis treatment modalities to effectively treat plantar fasciitis. In order to effectively relieve pain from planer fasciitis, the biomechanical complications must be corrected in order to reduce the chronic strain of the fascia. We use active release to treat the soft tissues of the foot, calf muscles, the muscles in the leg, and the hips as these areas are all related to plantar fasciitis. We use cold laser therapy to treat plantar fasciitis on a cellular level. Cold laser therapy helps cells to produce more energy, in turn promoting healing. As light energy is transformed into biochemical energy in the body, the blood supply to damaged cells is increased and the healing process is stimulated. Shockwave therapy and custom orthotics are also treatments that we use to address plantar fasciitis here at Shephard Health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Plantar fasciitis is fairly common and is caused by, but not limited to:

  • Improper or a change in footwear, especially shoes with inadequate arch support and soft soled shoes
  • Age; plantar fasciitis is common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60
  • Repetitive stress on the foot, such as long-distance running, ballet, and aerobic exercising
  • Abnormalities involving the mechanics of the foot, such as flat-footed, high arch, and abnormal walking pattern
  • Obesity is known to cause extra stress on your plantar fascia
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time may damage the plantar fascia
  • Tight calf muscles and/or Achilles tendon

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is stiffness and pain in the heel and the arch of the foot. Pain in the heel may be dull or sharp; pain in the arch of the foot may ache or burn.


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