Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia and is one of the most common causes of heel pain that we see in Rochester. Patients will often feel a stabbing pain in the heel and bottom of the foot that will get stiffer after periods of rest and after sleeping.
Different causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- Overly tight calf musculature (gastrocnemius and soleus) causes excess strain on the plantar facia.
- Either too much or too little movement of the joints in your foot. (Depending on factors like flat feet or high-arched feet)
- Improper intrinsic foot muscle activation
Our goal will be to determine the cause, reduce calf tightness, and eliminate foot and heel inflammation. We will also work towards strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles with Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, the Toe Pro, and other functional exercises.
The Toe Pro, developed by renowned chiropractor Dr. Tom Michaud, is one of our favorite treatments for strengthening muscles in the foot to help eliminate plantar fasciitis and foot and heel pain.