What is Plantar Fasciitis?  What Can I Do About It?


Plantar Fasciitis is just a fancy way of saying inflammation of the plantar fascia.


The plantar fascia runs along the arch of your foot and is a strong ligamentous structure.  It starts at your heel and attaches to the metatarsal bones.  One of the common presentations is pain along the arch of your foot or along your heel where it attaches.  Bone spurs are commonly seen in these situations but not always.  While there are many things that can cause pain in the heel and arch of your foot, plantar fasciitis is one of the common things I see in the clinic.

I will also see folks that have had limited success with the treatment of their plantar fascia.  One of the reasons for this is a limited look at the problem.  I suggest looking at not just the foot and ankle but the knee, hip, pelvis, and rib position as well.  Everything can and usually does influence everything else.  So two main places I like to include will in my initial assessment, which aren’t always included in a standard assessment, are 1.  The joint mobility of your subtalar joint (pic of subtalar joint) and 2. Are your gluts firing on a properly positioned pelvis?

  1. The subtalar joint is so important here because it can help to “unlock” the rest of the foot.  If your subtar joint is restricted you will have difficulty getting the mobility you need in the rest of your foot.
  2. The gluts have usually been addressed to some degree by a previously seen practitioner, but the results will be less than ideal if the pelvis is not maintaining its proper position. Proper firing of the gluts will allow the hip and knee to function properly and help the foot to land in a more ideal position.

Here’s the Good News!

Plantar fasciitis while common can often times be corrected.  My goal is to get you out of pain and back to doing what you want to do as quickly as possible!  If you have any questions on plantar fasciitis please feel free to call me at 720-357-4079 or shoot me an email at jeremy@advancedpts.com.  I love to talk about this sort of thing.