Why Night Splints May Not Help Plantar Fasciitis?

Why is every plantar fascial sufferer told to wear a night splint?  Because, in this evidence based world, although not always the truest evidence, it has become an essential part of the “Menu Treatment Algorithm.”  So, everyone, no matter what foot function they have, are told to use one.  Although it may help some, I’ve […]

Achilles Tendonitis- What Step by Step Treatment Plans Probably Won’t Tell You?

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Achilles Tendonitis is a painful condition of the large tendon on the back of the lower leg.  It can be from inflammation or an actual degeneration of the tendon itself. The Achilles tendon consists of one tendon that originates from two muscles, the Gastrocnemius muscle and Soleus muscle. The muscles attach to the tendon that […]

Simultaneous Stretching of the Foot, Ankle and Calf (Achilles Tendon) best for Plantar Fasciitis?

A recent study[1] concluded that stretching the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia simultaneously can reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis more so than just stretching the Achilles tendon alone. The results of the study showed that patients’ pain went away faster while stretching the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia at the same time vs the group […]

Injury or Recovery?

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Are your feet giving you trouble after the big race? How can you tell if it is an injury or normal recovery? First, pay attention to where the pain is. Is one foot hurting or both? This is a good indicator on whether the discomfort is from an injury or normal recovery. If it is […]

My Feet Hurt – Nashville, TN

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Whether you’re a tourist – typically walking double the amount you are used to, a local resident or a marathon walker/runner, ArchMasters –Orthotics, Shoes & Footcare in Brentwood (across the street from Nashville’s Davidson county line) can help. You may even save a lot of money, too. We not only have supportive shoes and sandals […]

Plantar Fasciitis Stretching…Really?

Anatomical diagrams illustrating the components of the plantar fascia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Plantar Fasciitis, as you may have read several times, is characterized by pain in the heel area after periods of rest, especially when you get up in the morning.  You may have also read that to help alleviate or prevent the pain, you […]

Five Tips for Ideal Fit

English: Red High Heel Pumps (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Some studies indicate that up to 80% of the population is wearing shoes that are too small.  Wearing shoes that are too small can lead to a plethora of foot pathologies including bunions, hammertoes, Morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia, etc.  Bottom line, PAIN. How could so many people wear […]

Plantar Fasciitis 201: Certain Misconceptions and Treatments

Anatomical diagrams illustrating the components of the plantar fascia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Listed below are some common misconceptions and treatments frequently used for heel pain. You have a heel spur:  In most cases the heel spur is irrelevant. Many people who have huge heel spurs have never experienced pain. Heel spurs are caused by plantar […]