Heel Pain? We Can Help!

The most common foot pain we see at The Running Well Store is Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition, but there is hope! The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. Nine times out of ten, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and swollen due to a tight calf muscle. Because of this we usually recommend a two-step approach to helping plantar fasciitis:

STEP 1.) Stretch or roll your calf muscle. The calf connects at the heel, the same place where the plantar fascia connects. A tight calf muscle will pull on the plantar fascia causing it to get inflamed. Come in and see us and we will provide stretches and tools to help relax that tight calf muscle.

STEP 2.) A good pair of shoes. We would recommend a good pair of shoes that will support the arch and absorb shock as you stand, walk, run or work.

STEP 3.) If needed, we may recommend orthotics to help support the arch and allow it to rest while your plantar fascia recovers.

Step 4.) Seek out treatment from a doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor to help work through additional symptoms.

Products That Help


Orthotics support the arch preventing pronation and allowing the plantar fascia to rest. We have several great over the counter options between $40-55 and come with 100 day satisfaction guarantee!


The Strassburg Sock has been around for a long time because it is effective. At night your foot goes into the fetal position and the plantar fascia becomes tight. When you get up in the morning you step on your foot, stretching the plantar fascia and causing micro tears. This sock keeps your foot in a flexed position not allowing the plantar fascia to get tight.


The compression bands lift the plantar fascia and increase blood flow. This product is one of our most popular remedies for plantar fasciitis as it can be worn day or night and can help with relief.


This is another popular item in price and functionality. Rolling the arch with the Foot Rubz product helps loosen the plantar fascia and feels incredible. You can throw it in the freezer and roll a cold Foot Rubz to help with inflammation.


The foam roller is a great way to relax the calf muscle. Most people do not realize the the majority of plantar fasciitis cases we see are due to a tight calf muscle. Come in and ask us about the foam roller for plantar fasciitis – we will take you through several exercises that you can do with the device to help your calf muscles and stop plantar fasciitis in its tracks.


This is one you can do at home for free! It is important to make sure you are stretching your calf muscle several times a day while you treat your plantar fasciitis. Very rarely is there something that is cheap and easy that can have such a big impact on your health.


The Addaday stick is a great option for those who travel, or have difficulty getting on the ground to utilize the foam roller. Again, this device helps by rolling the calf muscle.


Have plantar fasciitis and want to talk to someone before coming into one of our locations? Feel free to call us.

Northland: 816-741-8800
Lee's Summit: 816-600-2688
Mission: 913-400-2013

Advice That Helps

Dr PeteKC North Spine and Joint North
Have footwear that has enough support for your individual foot arch. You could have too little arch support or even too much arch support. It varies from person to person.
Dr LaurenKC North Spine and Joint
Long hours standing along with hard surfaces like concrete build tension in your calves and feet and can lead to plantar fasciitis symptoms. Make sure to wear supportive shoes in these circumstances.
Dr JustinKC North Spine And Joint
If you’ve started using a “standing desk” option at work, then be sure to get a soft mat to stand on to avoid developing or aggravating plantar fasciitis.
Dr JordanKC North Spine And Joint
Leave your sheets untucked at night, or at least with some slack. This helps keep your feet in a more “neutral” position and will help avoid tension and aggravated plantar fasciitis symptoms on the bottom of your foot when you get out of bed.
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