Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is heel or foot arch pain that can make running or walking incredibly painful if not downright impossible. Learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat this ailment in this week’s installment from Active Living Chiropractic.

From Dr. Major:

Plantar fasciitis, the third most common injury amongst runners, is another injury caused by overuse. Eventually overuse leads to repetitive microtrauma to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of thick connective tissue located on the bottom of the foot (plantar surface). Once injured, the fascia becomes inflamed and painful, especially close to its insertion on the heel bone (calcaneus).

Increasing your training mileage or volume too quickly, having low arches/flat feet, being obese, and having decreased range of motion at the ankle all predispose an athlete to developing plantar fasciitis. Therefore, avoiding/improving these conditions can aid in prevention.

However, once you have developed plantar fasciitis, there are a few options for treatment. Kinesiotaping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) to the plantar fascia, orthotics, night splints that keep the ankle at 90 degrees, and stretching of the calves and plantar fascia can be employed to decrease pain and increase function.

Prevention is the key to staying healthy and avoiding these frustrating injuries. Being familiar with their signs and symptoms can help you recognize the bedinning of an issue before it develops into a side-lining injury. If you have any questions or concerns about these or other activity-related injuries feel free to call or email our office!


Dr. Christine Major
Active Living Chiropractic has two locations in Beaverton and Hillsboro providing the most scientifically evidence-based care in a relaxed, warm, and caring atmosphere. Active Living Chiropractic is a team of healthcare professionals that recognizes that every patient is unique. Dr. Anita LeBlanc, Dr. Justin Jelen, Dr. Christine Major, and Dr. Guillermo Bermudez believe in working in partnership with their clients to achieve optimal health and peak performance.