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PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that involves inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. It typically causes heel pain, especially in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. Plantar Fasciitis is usually caused by overuse, improper footwear, high-impact activities, or foot mechanics issues.

WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that involves inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.

What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis may vary in intensity from person to person, but common signs include:

  1. Heel pain: The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel, typically at the bottom or underside of the foot. The pain is often sharp and stabbing but can also be described as a dull ache.

  2. Morning stiffness: Many people with plantar fasciitis experience significant pain and stiffness in the heel and foot when they first get out of bed in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. This is due to the tightening of the plantar fascia during periods of inactivity.

  3. Pain after rest or activity: Pain may worsen after periods of rest, such as sitting or lying down, and may also intensify after physical activities that involve walking, running, or standing for long periods.

  4. Tenderness: The affected area may be tender to touch, and pressing on the bottom of the foot near the heel can elicit pain.

  5. Swelling: In some cases, there may be mild swelling around the heel area.

  6. Pain with dorsiflexion: Pain may increase when you flex your foot upward (dorsiflexion).

  7. Limping or altered gait: As a result of the pain, individuals with plantar fasciitis may change their walking pattern, leading to a slight limp.

How can you treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Usually caused by overuse, improper footwear, high-impact activities, or foot mechanics issues. Here are some common treatment approaches:

  1. Rest: Give your feet a break from activities that exacerbate the pain, especially those that put strain on the plantar fascia. Avoid activities like running, jumping, or prolonged standing.

  2. Ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Use an ice pack or a frozen water bottle and apply it to the bottom of your foot for about 15-20 minutes, several times a day.

  3. Stretching: Regularly perform stretches that target the calf muscles and the plantar fascia. Simple exercises like calf stretches and toe stretches can be beneficial.

  4. Supportive footwear: Wearing supportive and properly fitted shoes can help relieve stress on the plantar fascia. Avoid high heels and flip-flops as they can exacerbate the condition.

  5. Orthotics: Over-the-counter or custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics) can provide additional support and correct foot mechanics to reduce strain on the plantar fascia.

  6. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce pain and inflammation. However, consult your doctor before using them, especially if you have any existing medical conditions.

  7. Physical therapy: A physical therapist can help design a personalised stretching and strengthening program to address the underlying causes of plantar fasciitis.

  8. Night splints: Wearing a splint at night can help stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, which may reduce morning pain and stiffness.

  9. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT): This non-invasive procedure uses sound waves to stimulate healing and reduce pain in some cases.

  10. Corticosteroid injections: In severe cases, a doctor may suggest injecting corticosteroids into the affected area to reduce inflammation and pain.

Remember that everyone's condition is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's essential to consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and personalised treatment plan. Early intervention and proper care can significantly improve the outcome and speed up recovery.

THINK YOU MAY HAVE PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
GET BOOKED IN FOR A BIOMECHANICS APPOINTMENT

£105.00

 

Our team will conduct a full assessment including medical history, foot & lower limb posture, strength & motion tests, gait assessment using pressure plate system, and treatment plan discussion. Following your assessment and review of your medical history, this appoint may suitable to diagnose an treat conditions in the list above.

For this appointment it is important to have the appropriate medical history as this will allow our podiatrists to identify and treat the problem more effectively. If you have any previous GP refferal notes, scans or test results please bring these with you.

You will need the following for your appointment:

A pair of shorts. A selection of footwear, 1 to 3 pairs of shoes (footwear you wear daily/ and or your sporting footwear).

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