What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a term that refers to pain on
the bottom of the foot.
It is a condition that tends to respond poorly to
traditional treatment. An inaccurate diagnosis like “plantar
fasciitis” can lead to failed treatment. The pain and muscular
dysfunction can seriously affect both your training and racing performance.
Conventional therapy (without surgery) usually requires
six weeks to three months. In contrast, ART can resolve most cases
within 3 to 6 treatments.
Copyright: Dr. Michael Leahy
The plantar fascia is a band of fibers which runs
from the heel bone to the base of the toes. Plantar Fascitis occurs
when these tissues are irritated and inflamed. Bone spurs often
form on the heel if this condition is not correctly treated.
Biomechanical or training flaws such as over-pronation,
flat feet, a tight Achilles tendon, a high-arched foot, or a sudden
increase in training mileage often cause plantar Fascitis.
The actual plantar fascia is not the common cause
of pain on the bottom of the foot.
The Plantar Aponeurosis, a long tendon in the
bottom of your foot, is often involved.
Two muscles, the Quadratus plantae and the Flexor
digitorum brevis, frequently contribute to the problem.
Long distance walking, running cycling, or just standing
can overwork these muscles. As they are chronically over-worked,
they start to shorten.
When a muscle shortens, it is less resilient and is
more easily damaged. As the Plantar aponeurosis and the muscles
shorten, they produce pain in the bottom of the foot.
How can ART resolve
Active Release Technique® (ART®) has been shown
to be very effective in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Rather than
just addressing just one area, ART® restores unimpeded motion and
function to all soft tissues.
Trained providers are able to diagnose the presence of abnormal
inflammation and adhesion by examining tissue texture, tension, and movement.
The ART® Soft-Tissue Management System has a success
rate that surpasses 90% in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.
See the following topics for more information about ART:
Where can I find more information
We have recently published the first book about Active Release
Techniques, written specifically for the general public.
Release Your Pain - Resolving Repetitive
Strain Injuries with Active Release Technique
is an informative, easy-to-read book, that helps you to understand
the true cause of repetitive strain injuries.
Did you know that many common therapies
(such as medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, massage,
electrical muscle stimulation, rest, exercise, and surgery) have
all failed to effectively resolve plantar fasciitis. Patients are
rarely able to find effective or complete treatment with these traditional
now to understand why these treatments often fail
to resolve plantar fascittis, understand the real cause of this
problem, and find out how Active Release Techniques can help you
to resolve the problem.
Understand the true cause of your pain, learn
how it can be resolved, then use the specially designed exercises included
in this book to prevent its reoccurrence.
Read our new book,
, to see how Active Release Techniques can help you with
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