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Common Problems: Plantar Fasciitis


What is it?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a piece of strong, thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the arch of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and can develop as a result of overstretching and overuse.

Chronic Plantar fasciitis is often associated with a heel spur, a piece of bone poking out from the heel bone, although many people have these heel spurs without any pain.


How does it happen?

Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by repetitive strain to the ligament of the sole of the foot. Such strain can be from excessive running or walking, inadequate foot gear, and jumping repetition from landing.


What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can vary from a dull throb to a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up after prolonged sitting.



What causes plantar fasciitis?

  • Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:

  • playing sports and doing activities that put excess stress on the heel bone

  • Weight management

  • spending a lot of time on your feet eg. retail

  • poor supportive shoes

  • Recent change in activities


How is plantar fasciitis treated?

  • Supportive shoes

  • NSAIDs and ice management

  • Modification of actives to help you better manage symptoms

  • Strategies to reduce weight through the heels

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