What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common source of heel pain and foot pain. The plantar fascia is the tissue which runs between the sole of your foot and your toes. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and irritation of this plantar fascia.
What are the symptoms?
The major complaint of those with this condition is foot pain or sore heel. This tends to develop gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot but can affect both feet. Pain is usually worse in the mornings or after prolonged activity.
What is the cause?
- Overuse: spending excessive time on your feet, particularly a sudden increase in exercise
- Shoes: wearing shoes with poor support can contribute to this injury
- Ankle stiffness: if you have tight calf muscles or a stiff ankle, this can increase the stress placed on the plantar fascia
- Muscle weakness: this can lead to poor shock absorption resulting in greater transmission of forces to the foot structures
- Weight: overweight individuals are more likely to have plantar fasciitis
- Age: plantar fasciitis is more common in middle aged and older people
How can the Generation Physio & Allied Health team help!
- Our podiatrists are experts in footcare. They will provide advice and recommendations for the best support for your feet.
- Our physiotherapists will use a range of techniques including massage, joint mobilisations and taping to help reduce your pain.
- Our exercise physiologists will tailor a specific exercise program to gradually improve your strength and flexibility.