That is a fair question. It sounds like this (plan-tar) (fash-she-eye-tiss).

Plantar Fasciitis

It’s when the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot becomes inflamed, usually from some kind of minor injury.

There are several potential causes. One of the major causes is muscle tightness. Your legs should be at an optimal stretch at all times or you increase your risk for plantar fasciitis, due to the effects of muscle tightness on the plantar fascia.

For a more complete list of causes visit our What is Plantar Fasciitis page.

Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t. Plantar fasciitis is much more likely in people who are overweight or who have improper arch support. The injury also occurs in perfectly healthy people who simply put too much stress on their leg, usually through exercise, without proper stretching. Proper support and stretching can significantly reduce the likelihood that one develops the injury.

Stretching cannot heal the damage done to the fascia. However, it can relieve tension on the fascia allowing it to heal faster and for you to resume normal activities. Stretching reduces the pain of plantar fasciitis significantly. When you keep tension on a damaged muscle or ligament, it hurts worse. Removing the tension removes most of the pain. 

For any additional treatment, you will want to consult your doctor. Typically, a combination of ice, anti-inflammatories, rest, and stretching lead to the most rapid and complete recovery from plantar fasciitis. 

leg muscular system

Yes. Your leg muscles form a system. It starts at your pelvis and runs to your toes. When the hamstring and calf muscles are tight, it places additional unwanted tension on the plantar fascia, increasing the likelihood of injury and prolonging the healing process. It also worsens the pain experienced when dealing with plantar fasciitis.

You must relieve tension in the leg’s muscular system to relieve your symptoms and return to normal. Stretching is the fastest, easiest, and least invasive way to experience relief from plantar fasciitis. You can experience the optimal stretch with great ease and safety in the comfort of your own home on SAE Orthopedics’ TESS device.

TESS is a revolutionary stretching device.

  • It has an angled platform ideal for stretching your leg muscles out for an extended period for a more complete and long-term lengthening of your muscle.
  • It has a handle, so it is significantly safer than any other device that purports to have the same benefits.
  • Many sufferers of plantar fasciitis find other popular treatments to be impossible because of certain physical limitations. TESS mitigates those concerns with its added safety features.
  • To use TESS, you put it against a wall and stand with your back to the wall while using the device. No other device is designed to utilize the walls in your home as part of the device.
  • This is important because it places your body into alignment as you stretch.
  • If you stretch without forcing your body into alignment, unless you are a very advanced yoga practitioner, your body will take some helpful tension you are attempting to create away by adjusting its mechanics in other areas. So, you really can’t get a perfect stretch if your posture is out of balance. TESS doesn’t allow for that. TESS achieves perfect posture every time. If you stretch without perfect posture, you will prolong the pain and time needed to heal your plantar fasciitis.
  • TESS also increases the safety of the user. Traditional heel cord boxes assume that a person has the strength and balance needed to use the device without the support of a wall. Anyone who can walk and stand can safely use TESS.
  • We build TESS  from sturdy hardwood that is handsomely designed and doesn’t appear as an unsightly medical device in your home.
  • TESS has two angled settings so you can begin easy and work your way into a deeper stretch.
  • TESS has a slip-proof surface so you know you are safe when you are using it.
  • TESS has previously only been available in medical clinics, surgical centers, physical therapy settings, and athletic facilities. It is available to the public for the first time here!


  • It is good for keeping your leg muscles stretched out to optimal length, which will reduce the likelihood of injury and increase strength.
  • Our physical therapist and orthopedic clients use it in surgical rehabilitation with great success.
  • Stretching with TESS relieves Achilles tendon tension, lessening the likelihood of an Achilles injury.
  • For example, it treats and reduces the likelihood of patellar tendonitis.
  • It can be used for exercise-related stretching and even as a platform for minor strength and conditioning exercises, particularly eccentric squats.
  • It is currently used in multiple college and professional athletics training facilities as a means of stretching out athletes to avoid injury.

TESS may be covered under your HSA or flexible spending account.  Check with your insurance provider to be sure.