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Is the plantar fascia supposed to stretch?

Posted by Helene M on 1/21/00 at 00:00 (014996)

I read the section in the stretching article on connective tissue and found it interesting. It says there are 2 types of connective tissue: elastic & collagenous. Is the plantar fascia elastic tissue? Seems to me it isn't, because every time I try to stretch, I end up injuring it over & over again. In addition, every time I get custom orthotics, they injure my arches & makes me worse than before. This is an ongoing problem for me that the podiatrists don't seem to understand! I am anxious to hear anyone's comments on this. Thanks!

Re: Is the plantar fascia supposed to stretch?

Mary J. on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015008)

Helene,
I have had heel pain in my left foot for almost 4 years with a little help from rest, heat, ice, and a mail order orthotic with bump over the facia near the ball of the foot (similar to Birks). Three podiatrists and two orthopedic specialists and myself have been very frustrated by the fact that custom orthotics and stretching makes my foot hurt worse. I cannot even massage my calf without causing pain in my heel and the whole Achilles area. I have had a negative MRI, bone scan, and blood tests for lupus and diabetes, and no symptoms of TTS. However, I do have CTS of the elbow-- not wrist, the elbow. I'm thinking of going to a neurologist for the elbow to see if maybe there is some connection. I have learned so much from the pt board. Thanks to all.

Re: Is the plantar fascia supposed to stretch?

Mary J. on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015008)

Helene,
I have had heel pain in my left foot for almost 4 years with a little help from rest, heat, ice, and a mail order orthotic with bump over the facia near the ball of the foot (similar to Birks). Three podiatrists and two orthopedic specialists and myself have been very frustrated by the fact that custom orthotics and stretching makes my foot hurt worse. I cannot even massage my calf without causing pain in my heel and the whole Achilles area. I have had a negative MRI, bone scan, and blood tests for lupus and diabetes, and no symptoms of TTS. However, I do have CTS of the elbow-- not wrist, the elbow. I'm thinking of going to a neurologist for the elbow to see if maybe there is some connection. I have learned so much from the pt board. Thanks to all.