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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia (fibrous tissue), along the bottom of the foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. In simpler terms, plantar fasciitis is a condition which causes pain on the bottom of your foot, around the heel and arch area. It can occur in both feet at the same time. Both men and woman get it, but studies show it is twice as common in woman than men.

 

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of this condition include:

– Continuous pain on the bottom of the foot, near the heel or arch area

– Swollen/inflammation around the heel area

– Pain after long periods of rest i.e. sleeping, long car journeys, sitting for long durations. (However, will then disappear/ease after a few minutes of walking)

– Greater pain after exercise/activity

– Difficulty in raising your toes off the floor

 

Causes:

It can occur when the band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.

The plantar fascia is designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place on our feet when walking, running, and doing other activities like playing sports. But sometimes, too much pressure damages or tears the tissue, resulting in the body’s natural response to injury; inflammation, which in turn leads to heel pain and stiffness of the plantar fascia.

 

Who’s at risk?

In most cases, plantar fasciitis will appear without a specific, identifiable reason, however research has shown that it is more common amongst individuals between the ages of 40 to 60 and 1 in 10 people will suffer with it in their lifetime. There are various other factors too, which could make you more prone to the condition.

These include:

– New or Increased activity

– Repetitive high impact activity such as running/dancing/sports

– Prolonged standing on hard surfaces

– Anatomy (high arch or flat feet)

– Tight calf muscles

– Obesity

 

 

Treatment:

Plantar Fasciitis can usually ease with additional rest, ice packs, appropriate footwear and anti – inflammatory drugs. If this is not working for you then it is time to see us! We will assess you and determine the initial reason you are experiencing foot pain. This will then enable us to give you a personal treatment plan. A few of our treatments include a tailored exercises/stretching plan to suit you, orthotic recommendation, or Shockwave Therapy. Advise on self-help measures and prevention is also available.

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