Kirstin "Kiri" Swanson, DPT

Kiri Swanson, Physical Therapist

Question: I am a runner and I seem to have developed
a case of Plantar Fasciitis. I have tried to rest
and stretch but nothing seems to work. I am really
eager to get back out there and run. Can you help?

Answer: There is often muscular and alignment components that contribute to this issue. Poor footwear that does not support the structure of your foot causes problems with tracking and efficiency thus, leading to pain in the foot or lower leg. Tightness in calf musculature causes abnormal pulling forces through the heel so stretching the Gastroc (upper calf muscle) and Soleus (lower calf muscle) is important. Hold stretches for 1 minute (while brushing teeth, brewing coffee, etc.) and do them as often as you are able (every 2 hours, ideally). Additionally, it is also important to ice for 10-15 minutes, 3 times per day. . For more information or to make an appointment, call Kiri at STARS at 367-3315.