Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain, bottom of foot pain)
A definition of Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain, bottom of foot pain)
Excessive wear to the plantar fascia can cause Plantar Fasciitis, an extremely painful and debilitating inflammatory condition of the foot. Made up of several bundles of fibrous tissue, the plantar fascia's soft tissue runs along the bottom of the foot supporting the arch. Severe pain can be felt on the bottom of the heel and is often most intense immediately after standing for the first time each day. Conditions that cause plantar fasciitis include: obesity, weight gain, regular activities that require walking on hard surfaces, a lack of arch support in shoes, and general inactivity. One of the most effective treatments is stretching the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia, resting, keeping off the foot as much as possible and discontinuing the aggravating activity. The Dynasplint® System is designed to apply a gradual stretch to the plantar fascia and keeps the foot in a dorsi-flexed position allowing the fibrous plantar fascia to be lengthened. Wearing a dynamic splint for 6-8 hours daily can greatly reduce your pain and aid in your recovery process.