Plantar Fasciitis is foot or heel pain that is worse in the morning with the first couple of steps and then seems to get better the more steps that the person takes.  Plantar Fasciitis is defined as inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a tough fibrous tissue that runs from the bottom of the foot at the heel to the toes.  Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by number of different scenarios:

  • Faulty running mechanics
  • Faulty foot mechanics
  • Tight calves or Achilles tendon
  • Over training
  • Sudden weight gain


Very often this condition is not serious and is usually resolved quickly with treatment.  Some modification of activity may be necessary and shoe inserts or orthotics may be helpful.  However, if left untreated a heel spur may form on the bottom of the foot which may not respond well to conservative care.

How can Active Release Technique help?

Active Release Technique is a soft tissue based therapy that focuses on the movement of muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Often times Plantar Fasciitis is caused by tight muscles in the bottom of the foot and up into the calf.  Active Release focuses on treating the tight muscles that surround the ankle and foot restoring proper ankle mobility.

What are some clues that ankle mobility is a problem that you are having?

If you notice that when you squat that one of your feet will rotate outwards more than the other that is a clue that you have an ankle mobility problem in that foot and that you may have a tight calf on that side.

Also if you notice in the picture below how the patients ankles are caving inwards and then how they are corrected by the orthotic.  This is often referred to as flat feet. For this patient the orthotic is necessary to correct the problem but this is not always the case.

For more information on whether or not Active Release Technique can help please call 303-993-2323 to schedule with Dr. Endriss and see if ART can help you.

To learn more, see Dr. Endriss treating plantar fasciitis on YouTube