Plantar Fasciitis usually presents as moderate to severe foot pain and stiffness localized to the heel and/or bottom of the foot. It can occur in one or both feet. It is very common, in fact, 1 in 10 people will experience it at some point in their life.

The pain usually occurs when you take your first step out of bed or after sitting for a while. It may also hurt when walking up and down stairs or from standing for long periods.

The Plantar Fascia is a ligament (flat band) that attaches from your heel bone to the base of your toes. It provides arch support for your foot. Straining your plantar fascia, causes it to become weak, swollen, inflamed, and extremely tight. This causes pain when you put pressure on your heel when walking or standing.

Repeated straining of the plantar fascia causes micro-tearing of the ligament. Causes of straining the plantar fascia may include one or more of the following:


  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Tight calf muscles or Achilles Tendon
  • Rolling feet inwards when walking
  • Excessive standing or running on hard surfaces
  • Overweight
  • Poor-fitting shoes (runners, dress, work boots)

 Guelph Rehab Centre provides effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. Our most successful method is the use of Shockwave. We sometimes provide custom orthotics. All of our treatments include specific self-directed exercises.


Shockwave Therapy is a safe and effective treatment of plantar fasciitis. (The National Centre for Biotechnology Information 2013)

Shockwave Therapy provides 90% improvement for Plantar Fasciitis (Journal of Orthopedic Research 2005)