Plantar Fasciitis is foot pain caused by activity that affects or stresses the plantar fascia, a flat ligament in the foot that connects your toes with your heel. The plantar fascia also provides arch support. People that are on their feet a lot, teachers, nurses, doctors, often suffer from plantar fasciitis especially if they have flat feet. But anyone, especially starting in middle age, can suffer from it. People with plantar fasciitis may notice foot pain (often in the heel or arch) in the morning when you first step out of bed, running, in your right foot while driving, or in a variety of other circumstances. The pain can range from mildly annoying to very uncomfortable. If you think you might have plantar fasciitis you should consult your local podiatrist. They will make a diagnosis and very often recommend physical therapy. It’s important to get it treated so your symptoms don’t become exacerbated to the point where surgery is required. At Long Pond Physical Therapy, we treat patients for Plantar Fasciitis on a daily basis. We use a variety of modalities for treatment including manual therapy (similar to massage), whirlpool therapy, therapeutic exercises (specialized stretching), ultrasound, laser therapy, and with custom foot orthotics that we size and fit right at our two clinics. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about plantar fasciitis or if you would like to be fitted for custom foot orthotics.