Plantar Fasciitis

WHAT IS IT?

I’m sure you’ve all heard someone complain about it, and know it has something to do with the foot. But what actually is Plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse condition affecting the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a layer of soft tissue that stretches along the bottom arch of  the foot, . It helps to provide stability to the arch of the foot and is similar in make-up to a tendon

If too much stress is placed on this structure, over time the tissue can degenerate, weaken, and start to cause pain.

COMMONLY SEEN IN

– Runners

– People who are overweight with a sedentary lifestyle

– People with poor footwear

– Those that have suddenly & significantly increased their training load

 

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS 

– Pain at the bottom of the heel

– Pain that appears as a gradual onset

– Pain felt first thing in the morning (i.e. taking those first steps out of bed in the morning is classic!)

– Pain that increases with activity and pain felt at night (latter stages)

– Pain felt after periods of prolonged rest during the day

– Tight muscles that help to support the arch of the foot

– Stiffness through foot and ankle joints

 

TIMEFRAME

Due to its poor blood supply which is due to being the furthest distance from the heart, Plantar fasciitis is a tricky condition to treat which may require ongoing treatment from a few weeks to several months.

Your Osteopath will give you some strengthening exercises, release off the tight muscles, aim to improve the range of motion of the foot and ankle as well as providing you with appropriate training and management strategies.