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How to recognise Plantar Fasciitis

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

  • Medication

  • Taping

  • Manual therapy 

  • 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!


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