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.