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Plantar Fasciitis, What Actually Is It?

 

 Today, our in-house chiropodist & podiatrist, Sarah Kerrane SCPI, talks us through Plantar Fasciitis Home Tips 

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel and/or arch pain.

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia band located along the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissue, like a ligament, that connects the heel bone to the bones in the ball of the foot. Its function is to support the arch and absorb shock when standing or walking.

Causes

  • Foot shape, i.e. flat feet, fallen arches or a high arched foot
  • Footwear that lacks a good sole, cushioning and arch support
  • If you stand and walk for long periods
  • Training on a different surface
  • Increasing activity
  • Tight achilles tendon/ tight calf muscles
  • Trauma to the heel for example, jumping off a high wall

Symptoms

Pain in the morning when getting out of bed or pain after periods of rest. The pain usually subsides with rest. The heel can also be tender to touch.

Treatment

Treatment for plantar fasciitis is focused on reducing the pain and inflammation and may be based on a biomechanical assessment by our Podiatrist. Treatment options include

  • Rest and ice
  • Anti inflammatory’s – if necessary
  • Exercises
  • Orthotics, heel pads and arch supports
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Taping the foot
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