Are you SICK & TIRED of Plantar Fasciitis?

15/11/2019

 

Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

Plantar fasciitis is categorized as heel pain, and is an irritation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. The connective tissue is a thick band that originates from the heel and connects to the toes, see image to the right.

 

A MASSIVE myth bust about this condition, is that it was originally thought to be an inflammatory condition in nature. But if you are a sufferer, have you ever wondered why anti-inflammatories don’t really work? Its because there is little inflammation in this condition. 

 

Let’s get into it, there are two points we are covering in today’s blog… firstly, what can cause plantar fasciitis? A few examples include:

  • Age as it is more common in middle-aged people due to ‘sagging’ of the arch of the foot

  • Weaknesses can occur in the muscles (such as the tibialis posterior) that support the arch of the foot, which leads to increased load and can therefore irritate

  • Poor bio-mechanics can contribute to plantar fasciitis i.e. having flat feet or high arches

  • Weight gain or excess weight can put extra load on the plantar fascia, irritating the tissues

  • Repetitive loading i.e. high level sports or working on your feet

 

Secondly, how can physiotherapy help? A few examples include:

  • Strength exercises have shown significant improvement in plantar fasciitis conditions, some showing more benefit then modifications to shoes, orthotics and training

  • Stretching exercise can help to release tension and improve joint range of motion

  • Soft tissue releasing helps to reduce tension in the calf, for instance that may be putting increased pressure on the connective tissue

  • Other exercises prescribed by our physiotherapists can also help to reduce tension in particular areas, improve strength, stretch and mobility

 

Take home points: if you feel pain in the morning with the first few steps, after prolonged sitting or standing or under the heel or arch – don’t let this take over your lifestyle! See our physiotherapists for a comprehensive assessment and management plan to take control of plantar fasciitis.

This information can be used to gain a better understanding of plantar fasciitis. To find out more about how we can help your heel pain, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

 

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Written by Michael

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