The plantar fascia is a thick wide band of fine tissue which covers the sole of the foot. Sometimes there may be a tear in the origin of the transverse ligament which can cause inflammation and pain of the fascia or plantar aponeurosis. It is an injury due to overuse which causes pain in the heel, and can irradiate to the front part of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is also known as calcaneal spur, although strictly speaking they are not the same. A spur is a bone growth which develops in the insertion of the plantar fascia in the calcaneus (heel).
At Clínica San Román we recommend performing fascia stretching exercises at least twice a day. When these exercises are not enough, at Clínica San Román we conduct a computerised study of the gait in order to subsequently make custom-made orthopaedic insoles with a plaster mould. This conservative treatment has proved to have excellent results without needing to resort to surgical treatments, which are indicated on very few occasions.