Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of heel pain which often radiates into the arch of the foot. We outline the symptoms and explain treatment, rehabilitation exercises, taping and more.

Symptoms

  • A gradual onset of pain under the heel which may radiate into the foot.
  • Tenderness is usually felt under and on the inside of the heel.
  • Pain is usually worse first in the morning but eases as the foot warms up only to return later in the day or after exercise.
  • Stretching the plantar fascia may be painful.

Causes

  • Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury. Repetitive over-stretching of the plantar fascia under the foot leads to possible inflammation and thickening of the tendon. As the fascia thickens it loses flexibility and strength. This is common in sports which involve running, dancing or jumping.

Treatment of plantar fasciitis

  • Although there is no single cure, many treatments can be used to ease pain. Options usually fall in one of two categories; short term and long term. In order to treat it effectively for the long-term, the cause of the condition must be corrected as well as treating the symptoms.
  • Our step by step rehabilitation program takes you from injury to full fitness. After the initial acute stage which is usually 24 to 48 hours (but could be longer if not treated on time) rehabilitation and exercises may begin although only if pain allows. The program will help to reduce pain and inflammation, restoring normal mobility and building up strength. Our rehabilitation programme will also guide you on how to avoid this injury in future.

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