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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.

Affected muscles

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Affected Muscles

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 Plantar Fasciitis?

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.

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Where can I find more information about ART?

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 Techniques® (ART®) 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 treatments! Read Release Your Pain 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, Release Your Pain, to see how Active Release Techniques can help you with your injuries.

Download an information brochure for Plantar Fasciitis!

We provide a series of informative brochures about various conditions that we treat at our clinic. Download any of the following information, and read it at your leisure:

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Active Release Technique Active Release Technique, and how it can help to resolve a broad range of soft tissue injuries.
Plantar Fasciatis Getting rid of that pain in your foot!
Running Injuries How to increase your running performance and resolve common running injuries...quickly...so that you can return to peak performance capabilities.

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