In this video, we will be discussing plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one the common overuse injuries of the foot, typically presenting with heel or arch pain. The plantar fascia consists of three bands of connected tissue that start in the heel, run along the bottom of the foot through the arch, and insert into the toes. When we walk, our arch naturally collapses, and the plantar fascia stretches along with each step. Overuse of this tissue due to activity, occupation, or simple biomechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis.
Foot orthoses are an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. Orthoses work by supporting the arch and providing extra cushioning as the heel works to absorb shock and reduce excessive movement. Combined with a comprehensive treatment plan including stretching, activity modification, and appropriate footwear, the symptoms of plantar fasciitis can be effectively treated.