fascitis is usually a deep bruise-like pain that is usually felt
on the bottom of the foot towards the base of the heel. It
is often worst with the first step in the morning or at the start
of a run. It is often caused by abnormal stress being placed
on the plantar fascia and the plantar aponeurosis. It can,
however, also be caused by some of the deeper structures in the
underside of the foot. These deeper structures include the
the flexor digitorum brevis and the quadratus plantae muscles.
the proper footwear for each respective sport is always the first
step in treating and preventing plantar fascitis. A.R.T
can be used to treat the aforementioned structures by relieving
some of the tension within these structures. Often the problem
can be caused by a biomechanical imbalance in the foot. A
dropped arch combined with inversion/pronation of the calcaneus
can create the plantar fascitis. The best cure for this problem
is custom fitted orthotics.