Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar Fasciitis is a term that relates to pain under the heel and or the arch of the foot. This is a common condition that can affect athletes as well as non-athletic people of all ages. This can impact on a person’s ability to stand, walk and run and can be very debilitating. The plantar fascia is a thick tendon-like structure that supports the base of the foot that extends from the heel to the base of the toes. It is also supported by a number of muscles in the arch of the foot.
Common related conditions may include heel spurs, fat pad problems, neuroma’s and metatarsal pain.
Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include a sudden increase in loading of the lower limb, change in the loading surface that a person is unaccustomed to or change in footwear related to a lack of adequate foot support. Other risk factors include obesity and deconditioning of the feet and lower limb muscles.
There is strong evidence that physiotherapy interventions can be effective for plantar fasciitis. Physiotherapists at Body Logic can first help identify the main contributing factors associated with your foot pain. Based on this they will develop a plan that may involve a range of strategies to assist with unloading the plantar fascia – such strengthening the muscles of the foot and lower limbs, as well as taping techniques and in some cases orthotics if indicated.