What drives Plantar bursitis and Fasciitis is often undiscovered. It is usually associated with overutilization during high-impact exercise and sports and accounts for up to 9% of all running wounds. Because the status often takes place in only one foot, notwithstanding, factors other than overutilization are probably to responsible in some cases. Other causes of this injury include poorly-fitting shoes, deficiency of calf flexibility, or an irregular step that causes an abnormal and abrasive shock on the foot. Wear shoes that fit correctly and have good arch support. Replace athletic shoes regularly. The amount of shock to the foot increases dramatically as your shoes become more worn. Davis, a visiting professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School (HMS), came to Harvard a little over a year ago from the University of Delaware to start the SNRC, which will hold its grand opening for the public on April 12. The center combines a running injury clinic with a research laboratory, where Davis hopes to develop even better interventions to prevent musculoskeletal injuries in runners. Since Garber has started practicing drills to improve his form, he’s been able to run with less pain — a trend he hopes will last through the upcoming marathon battle with Heartbreak Hill. Plantar fasciitis is a condition affecting the surface of the foot. It is an inflammation of the tough, fibrous band of tissue ( plantar fascia) that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis results from the development of tear in plantar fascia that leads to pain and inflammation. The pain is very acute while walking for the first time in the morning. It is equally severe while walking after a prolonged rest or after being seated for a long time. Pain at the beginning of exercise that gets better or goes away as exercise continues but returns when exercise is completed. Another stretch for plantar fasciitis treatment is a towel stretch. A towel stretch focuses on the same concept as the stair stretch, only the towel stretch is performed while sitting or lying down. To perform a towel stretch, hold the separate ends of a towel in each hand with the center of the towel wrapped around the top of the foot. Slowly pull back the towel to pull back the top of the foot until reaching a comfortable stretch, keeping the leg unbent. This stretches the back of the foot and calf. To make a custom splint, a therapist, podiatrist or physician molds a hard plastic splint to each patient's leg and foot. The splint covers the posterior part of the leg and the sole of the foot. It is fastened around the leg and foot by Velcro straps. The splints can be made to control abnormal foot motion since they are fit closely to the leg with minimal or no padding. Because each splint is unique, they can cost more than a commercial off-the-shelf splint. The splints are not designed for walking.