Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot condition that affects many people in all walks of life, It is characterised by pain and inflammation in the heel or arch of the foot, making it difficult to walk or stand. In this blog post we will explore some of the causes, symptoms and treatment options for Plantar Fasciitis, along with some preventative measures to alleviate pain and promote healing.
The Plantar Fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of your toes, when this tissue becomes strained or overloaded the fascia can develop small tears and become inflamed, several factors can contribute to this including:
Excessive physical activity especially high impact and repetitive motions.
Flat feet or high arches can affect weight distribution across the foot
Sharp stabbing pain in the heel/arch of foot
Pain typically worse in the morning
Pain may subside with rest but return after extended activity
Treatment and Management:
Rest and ice during initial onset of symptoms
Over the counter anti-inflammatory may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation
Footwear with cushioned sole and good arch support can help relieve pressure on the Plantar Fascia
Gel insoles can also help relieve impact stress on the heel
Physical Therapy to strengthen foot muscles, improve heel flexibility and reduce pain
Some helpful preventative measures:
Stretch your feet, Calf muscles and Achilles regularly, especially before and after exercise
Gradually increase intensity and duration of physical activities to avoid overloading the Plantar Fascia
Choose footwear with good arch support and cushioning
Maintain a healthy weight to reduce excess stress on the foot
Plantar Fasciitis can be a painful and limiting foot condition, however with proper care and management most people can find relief and recover fully. By taking preventative measures and following recommended therapies you can recover fully and get back to what you enjoy best.
That's all folks!