Niggling Heel Pain? You May Have Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a thick and fibrous ligament which runs along the sole of your feet and up to the calcaneus (heel bone), and it plays an important role in shock absorption and arch formation. Plantar fasciitis is a condition which can affect anyone, but it is most common amongst runners, hikers, traceurs and those who participate in high intensity sports. The condition comes about due to micro tears which form along the plantar fascia over a period of time; leading to inflammation, irritation and pain.
If you are concerned you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, rest assured that Brunswick Heads Physio are your trusted partner in recovery. In this blog post, we’ll be highlighting everything you need to know about this common heel condition and how best to treat it.
How Plantar Fasciitis Occurs
The plantar fascia is a thick and non-elastic band of tissue. Repetitive stretching caused by excessive load on the feet and over-exertion can result in varying levels of damage, with the individual usually experiencing heel pain, inflammation and visible bruising around the heel and soles of feet.
Some of the most common reasons and contributing factors for plantar fasciitis occurrence include:
- Excessive Walking or Running
- Poor Choice of Footwear (worn, ill-fitting etc) contributing to development of tears in tissue
- Sudden Weight Gain Contributing to Extra Load on Plantar Fascia
- Having Flat Feet and/or a High Arch
- Weakening of Surrounding Muscles that Support the Arch of Your Foot
- Age – the arch of the foot starts to sag around middle age
Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis
If you are experiencing ongoing heel or foot pain, particularly during weight-bearing, it is important that you visit your physiotherapist as soon as possible for a diagnosis. For people with plantar fasciitis, it is common for pain to subside after taking a few steps and the condition may improve over time. This is because the fascia tightens up whilst you are asleep, and with each step it starts to ease up.
It is important to see a physiotherapist to confirm the cause and extent of your condition, as well as provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to help ease the pain and enable you to return to your normal routine.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis at Brunswick Heads Physio
There are a range of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis. These include the use of an orthotic device designed to support and correct, as well as strength training and exercises developed based on an individual assessment of your condition.
Treatment will help with:
- Soft Tissue Release and Reducing Tightness
- Strapping/Orthotic Devices can help reduce inflammation
- Exercises will assist in stabilising the arch of the foot
Most clients start to see an improvement within 2-3 weeks. We adopt a tailored approach towards treatment, and we closely monitor you progress throughout. Your physiotherapist is available to answer any questions, and will introduce new exercises at the appropriate stages to support your recovery.
Overcome Pain and Regain Control – Contact Brunswick Heads Physio Today
Don’t let plantar fasciitis get in the way of enjoying life to the full, seek assistance from one of our fully qualified and experienced physios and you’ll be on the road to recovery before you know it.
Book an appointment by calling 0419 629 333 and we’ll develop a strength training program to help ease the pain and reduce the chance of recurrence.