Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain in the sole of the foot, commonly located around the heel and arch of the foot. In fact, plantar fasciitis is a result of there being inflammation of a connective tissue band, known as the plantar fascia, which stretches from the heel to the toes.

Pain is worse when you start walking after prolonged periods of resting, for example getting out of bed in the morning. For some, exercising and walking may help alleviate the pain, however for others this may exacerbate the pain. For some people there can be no evident cause of this issue but factors such as older age, higher weight, issues with foot and ankle biomechanics, trauma to the foot and those who spend a lot of time on their feet for both occupation and recreational activities. Your physio will take a detailed history in order to diagnose and find out the root cause of your issue before treatment begins. Treatment generally consists of specific exercises to target the painful area and its root cause. Your physio will advise regarding pain management as well which could include prescription of orthotics. As a second line option here at the clinic we also use shockwave therapy which has been proven to provide excellent results when it comes to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis usually resolves within 6 to 18 months without treatment. With accurate precautions and consistent therapy, the 95% of people with plantar fasciitis are able to recover within 6 months.