Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by repetitive strain injury to the ligament of the sole of the foot. Such strain injury can be from excessive running or walking in particular if your wearing inadequate foot gear. In addition, sports that require jumping and landing can cause plantar fasciitis as well. Initially plantar fasciitis is treated by measures that decrease the associated inflammation. Local ice and massage are applications that both reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy methods, including stretching exercises, are used to treat and prevent the return of plantar fasciitis. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or cortisone injections, are often helpful. Sports running shoes with soft, cushioned soles can be helpful in reducing irritation of inflamed tissues from plantar fasciitis. Custom orthotic shoe inserts are used to reduce the excess motion of the foot and decrease strain to the plantar fascia. However after the acute phase of treatments such as ice ibuprofen and/or injections it becomes imperative that you find the right exercises and exercie tool to heal and stop plantar fasciitis from happing agin. This is of course the stretching and strengthening phase of recovery, this is also the most important phase of recovery. Stretching can begin to decrease plantar fasciitis pain as soon as you begin to stretch at with all phases acute to chronic. Strengthening and stretching of the thick plantar fascia is all important and should be added to your recovery process as soon as possible. Notable, stretching and strengthening of the tibialis anterior, gastrocnemius/soleus muscle complex and the tendons of the ankle foot become the only way to avoid reinjuring the thick tendon that makes up the plantar fascia of the foot. Chronic Plantar fasciitis can only be resolved and prevented and by the lengthening and improved range of motion and strengthening of the entire ankle foot. This is why the Therabox is the best tool for resolving the pain from plantar fasciitis and preventing it from happening again. See the exercise below done with the Therabox designed to resolve your plantar fasciitis pain and make it go away forever.