Plantar Fasciitis is cumulative trauma disorder that can cause pain and tenderness to the heel and bottoms of the feet. The plantar fascia connects the bone of the heel to the toes while supporting the arch of the foot. When the plantar fascia is strained, swelling and inflammation can occur; and it becomes painful to walk or stand for extended periods. Generally, the symptoms are more acute in the beginning of the day, and abate as the day progresses.
The pain associated with plantar fascia his condition is the result of inflammation, therefore we must address the source to achieve long-term relief. As mentioned above, cumulative trauma, meaning recurring strain can cause tearing of the ligament, which leads to painful swelling. The continuous “pull” on the tissue exacerbates the already poor circulation to the connecting ligament, which results in inflammation. Left untreated, over time scar tissue forms and diminishes soft tissue strength and elasticity.
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
The Active Release Technique (ART) is the optimal method for treating the scar tissue and adhesions associated with this condition. Many of our patients experience immediate relief— and dramatic results through this gentle and non-invasive therapeutic treatment. The Active Release Technique is a patented; ultramodern treatment designed specifically for people who suffer from Cumulative Trauma Disorders.
ART is a collaborative therapeutic process in which both doctor and patient assume an active role. All ART sessions encompass a unique sequence of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Donath begins each ART session with a practical evaluation of the injury site. Next, the teamwork comes into play: Precise tension is applied while the patient executes specific movements. Upon completing just one ART treatment, many of our clients report a decreased level of pain and increased strength and flexibility.