Cause and Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis - Kalamazoo, MI


Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, attaching at the bottom of the heel bone and extending to the forefoot. When the plantar fascia is excessively stretched, this can cause plantar fasciitis, which can also lead to heel pain, arch pain and heel spurs.

Plantar Fasciitis Cause:

Plantar Fasciitis often leads to heel pain, heel spurs, and/or arch pain. The excessive stretching of the plantar fascia that leads to the inflammation and discomfort can be caused by the following: Over-pronation (flat feet) which results in the arch collapsing upon weight bearing. A foot with an unusually high arch. A sudden increase in physical activity. Excessive weight on the foot, usually attributed to obesity or pregnancy. Improperly fitting footwear. Over-pronation (flat feet) is the leading cause of plantar fasciitis. Over-pronation occurs in the walking process. When a person's arch collapses upon weight bearing this causes the plantar fascia to be stretched away from the heel bone. With Plantar Fasciitis, the bottom of your foot usually hurts near the inside of the foot where the heel and arch meet. The pain is often acute either first thing in the morning or after a long rest. This is because while resting, the plantar fascia contracts back to its original shape. As the day progresses and the plantar fascia continues to be stretched, the pain often subsides.

Treatment and Prevention:

Determining what is causing the excessive stretching of the plantar fascia is key for the proper treatment of plantar fasciitis. Kalamazoo, MI, residents whose trouble stems from over-pronation (flat feet) can use an orthotic with rearfoot posting and longitudinal arch support to reduce the over-pronation and allow the condition to heal. If you have unusually high arches, which can also lead to plantar fasciitis, we then can cushion the heel which absorbs shock. Then proper footwear that will accommodate and comfort the foot would be needed. Other common treatments include stretching exercises, plantar fasciitis night splints, wearing shoes that have a cushioned heel to absorb shock, and elevating the heel with the use of a heel cradle or heel cup. Heel cradles and heel cups provide extra comfort, cushion the heel, and reduce the amount of shock and shear forces placed on your heels during everyday activities. Every time your foot strikes the ground, the plantar fascia is stretched. You can reduce the strain and stress on the plantar fascia by following these simple instructions: Avoid running on hard or uneven ground, lose any excess weight, and wear shoes and orthotics that support your arch to prevent over-stretching of the plantar fascia.

We recommend a consult with a local podiatrist if you feel you may be experiencing Plantar Fasciitis. Kalamazoo, MI, residents can turn to Corey's Bootery. Please click here for a list of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area providers.