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Plantar Fasciitis or Arch Pain

PlantarI’d say 80% of the patients presenting in my office tell me they have plantar fasciitis. Myth buster, they often do as this is one of the most broad stroke diagnoses that exist. Plantar means “bottom of,” fascia is a type of tissue, and “itis” translates to “a condition of.” Therefore I am sure you can see why this is such a common diagnosis. Many times I ask people “Who diagnosed you with this condition?” Most often they came to the conclusion themselves. Needless to say there are more than a few causes of plantar fasciitis, some of which are easy to work with. Because so many patients diagnose themselves with this condition, it seems pervasive. Rest assured we have a large degree of success helping people who state they have plantar fasciitis.

Risk Factors

Plantar-FaciaThere are a lot of potential risk factors for plantar fasciitis and this list will include only a few of them. Statistically speaking, females fall prey to this more often than their male counterparts. People who work on their feet all day also have a higher incidence. Persons of middle age (40 to 60 years old) seem to experience more incidence of plantar fasciitis than the general population as well. Excessively high or low arches can be a contributing factor. Similarly, improper mechanics in the forefoot, ankle or arch are an obvious causative factor. In that case, custom orthotics can be an integral tool to reducing the symptoms. Being overweight can also contribute to arch pain due to the added stresses placed on the arch.


There are more than a few solutions for plantar fasciitis. One of the methods I urge people to try is the “stretch and strengthen” approach. This involves rolling a lacrosse ball up and down the plantar fascia to stretch the tissues. There is also an exercise where you lay a towel on a smooth surface such as linoleum or hardwood, then use your toes to draw the towel towards you. This will help in strengthening the tissues of the plantar surface of the foot. Finally, a pair of custom orthotics to insure you have the proper mechanics in the lower kinetic chain can reduce or eliminate plantar fascia pain.

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Dr Camp is so compassionate! I came in knowing what I needed (new orthotics) and the specific issues with my feet as a runner. He hooked me up with some custom hardshell orthotics as per my request. After the first run, I knew they fit like a glove! No fatigue in my feet or ankles. No issues with my neuromas AND he added some extras in to allow my toes to reach the perfect angle. Giving me more control and a longer stride. If you’re looking for custom orthotics for daily use or as an athlete, Dr Camp is a perfect choice! Will be seeing him in a year for new orthotics.

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As an MD I was a little leery of having my orthotics made by a Chiropractor. After meeting Dr. Camp and talking to him for a while, I was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. He proceeded to give me one of the most through examinations I have ever had. I have received my orthotics and use them for running and walking, I am very happy with the product. Thank you Dr. Camp for the prompt service and attention to detail.

Dr. D. 2019

Ed Camp is an innovative, approachable and helpful Chiropractic Foot Specialist. He cares about his patients, is interested in finding ways to help them and thinks outside the box, in large part because he seems to have a wider range of tools and approaches than traditional podiatrists. I’ve used him for orthotics and the fit has been excellent. But he also has thoughts and suggestions that go beyond just the orthotic fitting and I have found them very helpful. He just gets it.

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