arch of the foot is resting on the two main weight bearing structures
of the body: the heel (calcaneus) and the forefoot (metatarsal
heads). They are comparable to bridgeheads of a suspension bridge.
Along with strong ligaments and muscles, the foot arch is responsible
not only for weight bearing, but for stability as well. The
tough plantar fascia that spans the arch, is providing added
stability and support.
Excessive weight bearing, strain, or weakening of the ligaments
and muscles may result in a break down of the arch support system.
Foot deformities (pronation, flattening of the arch) destabilize
the arch, causing abnormal weight distribution and strain. For
a while the plantar fascia may compensate for and supports the
Further strain of the foot and thereby the plantar fascia however
causes painful inflammation (of the fascia) interfering with
weight bearing, standing and walking. If due to neglect the
plantar fasciitis persists, it may progress to heel spur, a
defense mechanism, which is a preventable condition. Treatment
is conservative, consisting of physical therapy, correction
of body mechanics and judicious exercises.
For more information or for an evaluation
please call New York Midtown Orthopedics at 212-758-4688.
Remember: timely diagnosis and
treatment may prevent chronic pain, surgery and permanent disability.