What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common source of heel pain and foot pain. Your plantar fascia is the tissue which runs along the sole of the foot towards the toes which help support the arch of your foot. It is the painful inflammation and irritation of this plantar fascia.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The major complaint of those with plantar fasciitis is foot pain or sore heel. This tends to develop gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot, but can affect both feet. The pain is usually worse in the mornings or after prolonged activity.
What causes it?
Spending excessive time on your feet, particularly a sudden increase in the amount of exercise (e.g. walking)
- Ankle stiffness
If you have tight calf muscles or a stiff ankle, this can increase the stress placed on the plantar fascia.
This condition is more prevalent in middle aged and older people.
Overweight individuals are more likely to have plantar fasciitis
Wearing shoes with poor support can contribute to this injury.
- Flat feet can also put a lot of strain on the plantar fascia causing inflammation over a period of time.
- Heel spurs can be formed due to arthritis and prolonged standing . This in turn causes swelling of the plantar fascia.
How can our physiotherapists help you in plantar fasciitis treatment?
- Manual therapy
Your physiotherapist will use a range of techniques like joint mobilizations. This means getting movement into the joints. Followed by massage to release muscle tension. We also do taping to support the foot. Dry needling is another technique used to reduce pain and muscle stiffness.
We will tailor specific stretches to get back your full range of motion.
- Strengthening exercises
Your physiotherapist will show tailored strengthening exercises to target the foot, knee and hip muscles. All of these muscles help in moving.
- Advice on footwear and supports
Your physiotherapist is an expert in finding the correct support for your feet. Hence they will advise you on the right footwear and support for your feet