Plantar Fasciitis and Pronation Control
As we land on the ground, our feet naturally roll inward (pronate), to absorb shock, support body weight and transfer energy from ankle into heel. An arch should also collapse slightly to allow a smooth push-off from heel.
Unbalanced arches can cause significant discomfort to lower leg and foot regions. Overpronation is a prevalent condition resulting in plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions and arthritis symptoms among other things.
Overpronation occurs when the arch of the foot collapses too far downward or inward, often due to obesity, tendon damage or other factors. It affects people of all ages.
Treatment Options for Overpronation
People suffering from overpronation have many treatment options at their disposal to combat it, from wearing anti-pronation shoes and physical therapy sessions to strengthen muscles that keep an arch flat to inserts or full-length insoles to make walking and running less painful by stopping feet from rolling inward when striking the ground.
Stretching and Strengthening Programs for Plantar Fasciitis
Stretching, nerve glides, taping and manual therapy techniques may all be effective in alleviating plantar fascia pain. They should all be utilized early on during recovery to increase flexibility and ease tension along the plantar fascia.
Rehabilitation interventions must address all influences that increase strain on the plantar fascia, with particular attention paid to restoring normal muscle strength, improving flexibility, and normalizing biomechanical influences.
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