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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the feet and can cause persistent heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects the base of your toes to your heel bone, and when this becomes inflamed, it's known as plantar fasciitis. This often painful condition is particularly common in athletes or those who participate in high-impact sports and activities.

At Fortitude & Freedom, we understand the importance of managing heel pain and helping our clients get back to their favorite activities. We can diagnose your condition, create a customized treatment plan, and work with you to resolve pain and regain your active lifestyle.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Overuse injury caused by recent increase in load or activity, which occurs when the plantar fascia is strained beyond its normal capacity. This can be due to repetitive strain on the tissue (such as in athletes) or an imbalance in the muscles of the hip, calf, foot, and ankle that causes stress on the plantar fascia.

Stress intolerance of the lower leg and foot: People whose feet tend to pronate (roll inwards) when they walk or run are particularly susceptible to plantar fasciitis, as this movement places more stress on the plantar fascia.

Muscle weakness of the trunk, hip, lower leg, and foot: Weak or imbalanced muscles can cause excessive strain on the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and heel pain.

Tightness of the muscles of the lower leg: If the calf muscles are too tight, this can cause tension in the plantar fascia and lead to inflammation.

Limited mobility of joints in the ankle, foot, and toes: Limited joint mobility in the lower leg and foot can also lead to excessive strain on the plantar fascia, resulting in inflammation.

How Fortitude & Freedom Can Help
Plantar Fasciitis Sufferers in Waukee

​Dr. Jake Pawol, PT, DPT, OCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Owner of Fortitude & Freedom.  He provides comprehensive care to relieve plantar fasciitis to patients across Des Moines.  He offers personalized care that explores the causes and underlying conditions and prescribes treatment that provides lasting long-term relief. Your plantar fasciitis treatment from Fortitude & Freedom in Waukee involves:

  • A thorough evaluation, including injury/medical history, job requirements, exercise history, stress management, sleep habits, and nutrition

  • Movement analysis, including functional movement patterns, walking, and/or running

  • Strength and mobility assessment of the entire body with emphasis on the core, hips, ankle, and foot

  • Manual therapy, including joint manipulation, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, regenerative dry needling, myofascial cupping

  • A customized exercise program to address strength and mobility deficits in order to (1) relieve pain, (2) correct the underlying root cause of the pain, and (3) build strength and activity tolerance to prevent pain from coming back


At Fortitude & Freedom, we work hard to understand our patient's needs and provide optimal care for resolving heel pain. We create individualized treatment plans to ensure you get back to enjoying your favorite activities as quickly as possible.. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help you resolve your plantar fasciitis and return to your active lifestyle.

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