The plantar fascia plays an important role in normal foot biomechanics. The fascia provides support to the arches of the feet as well as dynamic shock absorption during activities like walking or running. Excessive or unaccustomed tension to the plantar fascia can lead to disruption of the tissue that reflects in pain and discomfort.
Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Gradual onset of pain generally felt on the inside aspect of the heel
Worse in the morning and decreases with activity, often will ache post-activity
Periods of inactivity during the day are generally followed by an increase in pain
As it worsens, pain may occur during weight-bearing and worsen with activity
Short term treatment
Period of relative rest – avoid aggravating activities
Icing after activity
Stretching program of the plantar fascia and calf muscles
Self-massage with a frozen bottle or golf ball
Dry needling of the calf and lower leg muscles
How can Physiotherapy help?
For some people, plantar fasciitis may remain consistent for a long period of time or in some cases become a chronic condition. If you are experiencing heel pain and suspect it may be plantar fasciitis, it is important to see your physiotherapist who can work with you on a long term treatment plan. This may include:
Strengthening, motor-control and balance exercise program
Graduated load tolerance program
If you experience heel pain and suspect it may be plantar fasciitis, book an appointment with our Physiotherapist Luke Cusack today!