Health Questions with Dr. Corey Palmer – Plantar Fasciitis

Dr. Corey Palmer

Q: Why does nothing seem to get rid of my Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)?

A: This is very common. You wake up first thing in the morning and you can’t step down because of a pain at the bottom tip of your heal, or in your arch. Your told it’s either a heal spur or plantar fasciitis. You have been to the podiatrist and physical therapist and it’s not getting better. The mistake we make with this condition is trying to treat the bottom of the foot. Yes you need to run a golf ball on the bottom of your foot to help break up the tight plantar fascia but that’s just the start. What we really miss is that the real issue is coming from the Achilles tendon and or the calf muscles. When they get tight they pull up on the calcaneus (heal bone) where the plantar fascia is connected to. That in turns pulls the plantar fascia and makes it very tight. The key to correcting this is to overdue stretching the calf and Achilles tendon. We amaze people all the time in the clinics that come in with this pain that they have had for years, we adjust the ankle (yes we can do that too), do special stretches on the Achilles, have you stretch the calf, and we use a golf ball on the bottom of the foot and poof…. the pain is gone. Sometimes this takes several visits but many times it is just once! Then you can confidently take that first step in the morning not worrying about pain. If you have more questions please feel free to contact me at

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