Many foot problems have both mechanical and inflammatory components. The treatment plan should address both of these components. For example plantar fasciitis has a mechanical (biomechanical) component that includes the weight-bearing function of the heel and the foot.
Therefore addressing the biomechanics with prescription orthotics, wearing supportive shoes, and athletic taping will help this. Another mechanical component involves adjacent soft tissue structures such as the attachment of the calf muscle and Achilles on the heel. The constant pull of the calf and Achilles has to be addressed. That is why a night splint can help along with a runner's stretch our also essential parts of the treatment.
If you have heel pain or plantar fasciitis-like symptoms and you would like to have evaluation, please contact our office at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online. Our Issaquah Podiatrists would be happy to see you.