Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Pain is felt along the plantar fasica, a thick band of connective tissue. It acts to support the arch of the foot to provide shock absorption during walking or running. It runs along the sole of your foot, from the heel bone to the toes. If the tension on the fascia becomes too great and is repetitively strained, micro trauma can occur in the area, leading to pain, swelling, irritation and if prolonged, degeneration of the fibers.

Plantar FasciitisPlantar Fasciitis has a gradual onset and pain increases as time goes on. Pain is often at its worst first thing in the morning and after sitting or standing for prolonged periods. Pain and stiffness usually ease after a few steps. When exercising or with activity, pain is usually present to begin with, disappears during the activity and returns post activity. Tenderness may be felt by palpating the plantar fascia or from stretching it. Stairs, running, walking and jumping all may add to irritation and pain. Without appropriate rest, the condition will not heal.

Pre-disposing factors for developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Altered foot structure, high arches / over pronated (flat feet)
  • Having an increased BMI / being overweight
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Inappropriate / unsupported footwear
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Repetitive activities such as walking, standing or running for prolonged periods, especially on hard surfaces
  • If you are middle aged

Here, at JT Physiotherapy, we will aim to decrease pain and improve function depending on what factors are at play. Treatment may involve rest, soft tissue work, stretching and strengthening exercises. If you are having problems with your feet, don’t leave it too long.

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danielleDanielle Gavaghan, MISCP






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