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Plantar Fasciitis is a condition affecting the Plantar Fascia on the base of the foot. The Plantar Fascia can become inflamed and this leads to pain around the base of the heel and sole of the foot.
The symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis are:
- Burning or sharp pain on the sole of the foot around the base of the heel (see picture). Very tender on palpation.
- Pain is worse on waking up and gets better with stretching and walking
- Pain when walking.
- Pain gets better on stretching.
Plantar Fasciitis is usually diagnosed from symptoms alone. If unsure a doctor may request an MRI to look further.
Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by many things. These include:
- Poor foot bio-mechanics leading to excessive stress on the plantar fascia
- Inadequate shoes. Either too much cushioning or wrong shoe for foot type.
- Running, walking, jumping activities
- Overuse. Too much exercise involving running.
- Remedial Massage can greatly help take some of the strain off the plantar fascia through releasing the calf muscles and the Achilles tendon. When there is less tension here this will help to reduce the amount of pressure on the plantar fascia and help to reduce pain.
-Stretching the calves, Gastrocnemiums and Soleus (see pictures) will also take the strain off the plantar fascia. This should be done at least 3 times per day when symptomatic and regularly when the pain has gone away. Rolling the foot on a frozen water bottle (pictured) can also help to reduce the inflammation and also stretch the plantar fascia out. Massaging the base of the foot with a tennis ball can also help (pictured).
- Strengthening exercises from a Physiotherapist or personal trainer can also help to address the cause of the problem. Correcting poor foot biomechanics for example may help with a runner who has Plantar Fasciits.
- If conservative treatment hasn't helped then a Cortisone injection may be required into the plantar fasica. This would be done by a sports doctor. If that doesn't help then surgery may be required to repair damaged plantar fascia.
If you think you may have these symptoms then treatment sooner rather than later is paramount in addressing this problem quickly. If left untreated and you continue doing what is aggravating it, the pain will become worse or even unbearable. Book in now to have it looked at.