Accessibility View Close toolbar

The "Weakly" Muscle - Plantar Fasciitis


The plantar fascia or plantar aponeurosis is a long thin fibrous band that extends from the heel to the digits on the plantar or underside of the foot.  The plantar fascia is of great strength and supports the arch.  It is divided into three portions.  The thickest is the central portion which attaches to the medial process of the tuberosity of the calcaneus.  The lateral and medial portions cover the sides of the sole of the foot.  The lateral portion is thick where it radiates from the central portion, then this as it stretches longitudinally toward the first metatarsal or pinky toe.  The medial portion also radiates from the central portion but is thinner and covers the under surface of the abductor hallucis muscle which moves the great toe.  

REFERRED PAIN:

The image on the right shows the potential referral pain patters commonly associated with plantar fasciitis.      

DISCUSSION:

All of the above information looks great.  Now you know where the structure resides but does that really tell you anything about how to effectively treat the issue?  NO.  ABSOLUTELY NOT.  If you have been following along enough times you will already understand that pain is typically a distraction and when a practitioner ONLY treats the site of pain, they are typically unsuccessful.  You can see from the image on the right that there are many different presentations of plantar fasciitis.  You may be asking yourself “Why?”  It is because their root cause is probably different.  There are many muscles that can be involved in the mechanism.  I’ll speak about the most common, but realize, there are no absolutes in this game.  The most common denominator in a plantar fasciitis mechanism is tight calves.  Now you know from our previous discussions that a tight muscle doesn’t become tight arbitrarily.  There must be some GOOD reason for its tightness.  When testing out the muscles of the posterior chain, we often see tight calf muscles.  What do we always look for?  The WEAK structures.  The weak structures promote other normally functioning (often in the same chain) muscles to work harder.  That extra stress begins to exceed the muscle load capacity causing tightness.  The usually culprit?  Disconnected glutes, and hamstrings.  See that I didn’t use the word weak.  Not the best description.  People usually say, “I work my glutes, I work my hamstrings, I do the exercises I saw in Runners World magazine.  You can do the same exact exercises perfectly and still work around a disconnected muscle.  I can’t stress this enough.  It’s simple.  Don’t guess where the problem may be stemming from.  Get tested by anyone of us and learn where your disconnect may be.  

CONTACT US TODAY

We look forward to hearing from you

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Primary Office

Monday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

By Appt. Only

Thursday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Find us on the map

Testimonial

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Thanks to True Sports Care for always taking care of me when I come home, helping me stay healthy!"
    TOBIAS HARRIS, NBA PLAYER, LA CLIPPERS

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Chiropractic and Breech Babies During Pregnancy

    If you are experiencing back pain during your pregnancy or have a breech pregnancy, chiropractic can help. ...

    Read More
  • Natural Remedies for Sciatic Pain

    Do you experience sciatica pain? Both chiropractic care and at-home remedies can help alleviate that pain in a natural way. ...

    Read More
  • Chiropractic Care For Pets

    You know how chiropractic can help you, but what about your pets? ...

    Read More
  • Should I Use Heat or Ice for Pain?

    When you're feeling pain, sometimes it's difficult to determine if heat or ice will treat that pain best. This article will help you learn which is best for different types of injuries and pain. ...

    Read More
  • Should I Use Ice or Heat for Pain?

    Did you hurt your knee during an intense game of pick-up basketball this weekend? Or do you deal with chronic pain? Learn whether you should apply heat or ice for particular kinds of pain. ...

    Read More
  • Relationship with Self

    The relationship you have with yourself and the journey to self-understanding is an important part of your overall wellness. ...

    Read More
  • Indoor Activities and Exercises

    Are you preparing for the winter months or looking for exercises to do when you can't make it to the gym? Follow these exercises to maintain a healthy fitness routine. ...

    Read More
  • Holiday Stress - Take a Deep Breath

    Most of us pay little attention, if any, to the daily functioning of our many physiological systems. Our hearts beat, our digestive systems digest, and our various hormones, such as those deriving from the thyroid gland, adrenal gland, and pancreas, do what they do. It's all good... until it's not. ...

    Read More
  • Proper Overindulgence Over the Holidays

    Proper Overindulgence Over The Holidays The term "overindulgence" is probably best assessed as a red flag, especially with respect to consistent overconsumption of high-calorie comfort food and desserts during the holiday season. An overall healthier perspective could be described as "indulgence" regarding ...

    Read More
  • The 5 Senses

    The 5 Senses The five senses, that is, the sense of sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell, provide us with necessary information regarding the world around us.1 These precious capabilities enable us to navigate our environment with seemingly instantaneous feedback with reference to our actions and ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up for more articles