What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain on the heel and the bottom of the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed. It can be very painful, making it difficult to walk, relax, or enjoy your usual activities due to ongoing pain.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, typically worse in the morning or after resting. Pain and discomfort can occur following standing or walking for an extended period. The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stiffness in the foot and ankle
  • Swelling in the foot
  • Pain that gets worse over time
  • Pain that is worse when climbing stairs or standing on tiptoes

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can develop for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Overuse: Repeated stress on the foot, like running or standing for long periods, can cause the plantar fascia to be strained and inflamed.
  • Foot mechanics: Flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal gait can put extra stress on the plantar fascia and lead to plantar fasciitis.
  • Age: The risk of developing plantar fasciitis increases in older adults but often appears in younger adults, particularly those involved in running or other sports.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can put extra stress on the plantar fascia and increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
  • Tight calf muscles: Tightness in the calf muscles can put extra stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Poor footwear: Shoes that lack proper support or cushioning can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis.
  • A sudden increase in activity: A sudden uptick in activity level, such as a new workout program, can put extra stress on the plantar fascia and lead to inflammation.
  • Certain medical conditions: Certain conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes, can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
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Treatments for plantar fasciitis at Arch Medical Group

At Arch Medical Group, our medical doctors focus on treating the root cause of chronic health conditions rather than masking symptoms. Our in-depth, patient-focused approach has resulted in long-term health improvements without side effects, with exceptional outcomes achieved in over 15 years of practice at our locations in Florida.

Our talented doctors have more than four decades of experience successfully treating patients who suffer from chronic health conditions, including plantar fasciitis. We are proud to have helped thousands of patients with our scope of the most advanced treatments, reducing pain, and assisting them to achieve lasting weight loss.

We take a whole-body approach to health. All treatments are patient-focused, offering the highest level of personalized care. The vision of our practice is “Heal and restore." Our entire team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality services to help patients achieve optimum health, feeling their best.

Our treatments may include

Red light therapy

Red light therapy is a type of low-level laser therapy that uses red or near-infrared light to stimulate healing in the body. It improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and promotes tissue repair.

Whole-body vibration

Whole-body vibration (WBV) therapy could effectively treat plantar fasciitis. WBV therapy involves standing on a platform that vibrates at a specific frequency and amplitude.

PRP (platelet rich plasma)

PRP can be injected into the affected area of the foot, with the goal of promoting healing and reducing inflammation.


Semaglutide injections can stimulate rapid, sustained weight loss to bring a higher quality of life, along with less weight and pressure on the feet, as an overall health improvement along with reducing plantar fasciitis.

Bedrock Body Reboot weight loss program

The Bedrock Body Reboot Weight Loss Program was designed to deliver long-term weight loss. The reduced pressure on the feet can be effective in treating plantar fasciitis.

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