Plantar fasciitis is a common, painful foot condition. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot – connecting your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot loosens up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
Some cases of Plantar Fasciitis:
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners as during the running motion, the feet repeatedly strike the ground. People who are overweight, women who are pregnant and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at a higher risk of plantar fasciitis. Any excess stress on the feet can lead to the condition and as such it is commonly experienced across the population.
To treat plantar fasciitis, physiotherapy is utilised to target the affected areas and help them return to normal function. A series of correct exercises can also be utilised to stretch and affect the required areas that need attention. This helps to restore limberness to the foot/feet and in conjunction with physiotherapy treatment help restore the foot/feet to normal, pain free function.
What we can do for you:
Your physiotherapist at PhysioCare will instruct you in a series of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and also to strengthen lower leg muscles which stabilise your ankle and heel. Our physiotherapists can also apply taping to support the bottom of your foot to relieve symptoms. All of this is conducted at your natural progression pace to ensure that you get and feel better.