Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) in its simplest definition is an inflammation of the plantar fascia – the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. The inflammation occurs in the connective tissue at the heel pf the foot. As a result of this inflammation, heel spurs develop in the area. Heel spurs are malleable calcium deposits that can be easily seen and identified on an x-ray. Heel spurs are NOT the cause of pain for patients (the inflammation is), but because the spurs are readily identified, the terms plantar fasciitis and “heel spurs” are used interchangeably for convenience.
You’ve probably come to the realization that a lot more goes into the diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciosis than you once thought. Blanket, one size fits all recommendations usually don’t work well for this condition. Please find a medical or allied health provider (medical doctor, osteopath, chiropractor, podiatrist, physical therapist, athletic trainer, body worker, etc.) that understands these concepts. Time spent in evaluation saves time in treatment. If you don’t have a medical or allied health provider, we’d be happy to help. We treat difficult cases of plantar fasciosis with our comprehensive, conservative care methods. Please call 708-532-CFIM (2346) and ask for either Dr. Dino or Dr. Marie at The Center for Integrated Medicine for more information.