What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and occurs at the “plantar fascia” on your foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot by stretching slightly when you step down and then shortens back to maintain the arch and support your weight as you walk. The plantar fascia absorbs a great deal of weight when walking and especially when running and is therefore prone to injury.
Inflammation caused by the excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. – Overpronation/Flat feet – Reduced range into dorsiflexion – Sudden increase in activity – Excessive weight. Obesity/Pregnancy – Improperly fitting footwear – Stiffness and pain first thing in the morning – Pain upon direct pressure over site of dysfunction – Pain upstairs, on tiptoes or standing for long periods – Pain sometimes lessens as exercise continues – Associated tightness of Achilles and Gastrocnemius
What is the Treatment? – If in any doubt or you have had symptoms for more that two weeks consult your GP. – Consult a sports massage therapist/physio
Address underlying reason for issue i.e – Biomechanics? – Increase in activitiy? – Weight gain? – Address poor footwear? – Excessive tension into dorsiflexors
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