Plantar fascia is a strong and thick band of tissue under the foot that connect toes to the heel. It forms the arch of foot.
The inflammation of plantar fascia is called PLANTAR FASCIITIS. The inflammation is often caused by overstretching, overuse or certain medical conditions.
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and is often associated with a heel spur.
The most common causes of plantar fasciitis are:
- Flat footed or high arches
- Poor biomechanics
- Being overweight
- Prolonged walking/standing on hard surfaces
- Wearing shoes with poor arch support or stiff soles
- Stiffness in muscles
- Heel pain
- Pain or burning sensation in the sole of foot
- Swelling under heel
The symptoms are often worse in the mornings, as you take first few steps, after prolonged standing or sitting and after intense activity.
To check whether you have plantar fasciitis, your physiotherapist will ask you some questions, for example, about your symptoms, your lifestyle, type of work you do. Also, will perform a physical exam to check if there is any swelling, tenderness, tightness in muscles, your posture and arches of your feet.
The treatment of plantar fasciitis is very simple and successful. After assessing the cause of plantar fasciitis, your physiotherapist will discuss the treatment plan with you and will guide you through series of stretches and exercises throughout your recovery.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 9297 1188.