Identifying and treating plantar fasciitis poses a unique challenge to clinicians and footwear outfitters alike. While a sedentary lifestyle can predispose individuals to plantar fasciitis, it is also very common in runners who may be running with improper foot support.
“You go to the dentist and get a check-up twice a year, but we don’t do anything for our bodies. We don’t really do screenings, we just assume our body is in tip-top shape 24/7 and we go run and play sports and do all these different things,” says Dr. Colten Sullivan, PT, DPT, CSCS. “That’s when these injuries present and become inflamed.”
Physical therapists like Dr. Colten Sullivan from Bull City PT in Durham, NC, are attempting to combat the onset of plantar fasciitis through unique programming and preventative screening.
We sat down with Dr. Sullivan to learn more about the prevalence of plantar fasciitis and how runners can best address it.