Plantar fasciitis plagues individuals tremendously. It can take months for runner’s to recover from plantar fasciitis. It was originally believed that plantar fasciitis was an irritation of the plantar fascia but current research shows that is not true. Plantar fasciitis actually is the flexor digitorum brevis muscle in the foot being weak with micotears. These tears don’t heal and overtime creates pain. The body will try to stabilize the situation and develop a heel spur into the flexor digitorum brevis muscle. Heel spurs aren’t necessarily painful and is a normal finding in the aging population (similar to degenerative disc disease in the neck and low back). Treatment for plantar fasciitis typically involves ultrasound, laser therapy, dry needling, strengthening exercises, and joint mobilization.