Plantar Fasciitis – Your Path to Recovery
If you haven’t experienced it, you’ve probably heard about it. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition which mainly affects keen runners and hikers, but it can occur in anyone who is on their feet a lot. It is a musculoskeletal condition, and it can impact upon your shock absorption and arch formation making it incredibly difficult to walk or run without pain. In this blog post, Erko Physio will be sharing some insight into plantar fasciitis and how you can overcome it with the help of our sports physiotherapists.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
If you are experiencing ongoing heel pain, there’s a strong chance it may be plantar fasciitis. Along the soles of your feet lies the plantar fascia, which plays a critical role in shock absorption and arch formation. The plantar fascia has a similar structure to that of a tendon, and it has a thick and fibrous composition which makes it susceptible to micro tearing during rigorous physical activity.
The plantar fascia is what makes walking and running so efficient, but if you overstress this area by placing excessive load on it, you may cause damage and experience ongoing heel pain. Without proper treatment, the plantar fascia will continue to become inflamed and bruising may occur.
The Most Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is non-elastic, making rest and recovery following physical activity an essential part of the healing process. In addition to guiding your foot movement during running/walking, the nerves in your plantar fascia also send signals to the brain which enable you to better coordinate movement.
Some of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- Overdoing your walking/running routine
- Wearing poorly fitted shoes
- Being overweight, which places heavy strain on your plantar fascia
- Having flat feet or a high arch
- Complications from diabetes
Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis
Diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is straightforward. As soon as you notice heel or foot paint, schedule an appointment with Erko Physio. Aside from light walking, all weight bearing exercise should cease immediately to reduce the risk of further tearing. Sometimes pain may begin to subside naturally, particularly after a good night’s sleep. It is still important however to have the cause and extent of your condition examined so that an appropriate treatment plan can be put in place.
Physio Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Every condition is unique, and results will vary for each individual. Treatment usually involves a combination of strength training, tailored exercises, corticosteroid injections and the use of shoe inserts to support and correct your arch.
Here at Erko Physio, we custom design treatment plans for clients with plantar fasciitis. Some of the common treatment options we use include:
- Deep tissue massage
- Load training
- Stabilisation exercises
- Orthotics/new footwear recommendations
Following commencement of your treatment program, you should start to see measurable results within around 2-3 weeks. Your progress will be closely monitored by your physiotherapist, and he/she may recommend new exercises at various intervals throughout your treatment to support your arch, relieve pain and inflammation and get you back to normal in the shortest time possible.
Start Your Recovery Journey with Erko Physio – Call Today
Heel pain and plantar fasciitis is not pleasant. Get back to doing whatever it is you love sooner and put the pain and discomfort behind you. Erko Physio are your local physio Alexandria, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Call Erko Physio now on 02 9557 9272 to schedule an appointment with our experienced sports physiotherapists, we’ll put you on the path to recovery.