What is plantarfaciitis?
Plantarfasciitis is the third most common injury in runners and approximately 10% of people have plantarfasciitis at some point during their lifetime. It is a pain in the heel and underside of the foot.
The plantarfascia itself is a tough band of fibrous tissue that extends from the heel bone to the toes. It supports the arch of your foot and takes a lot of load during walking and running. Plantarfaciitis is an overuse injury to the fascial sheet on the sole of the foot.
Cause of Plantarfaciitis
- When there is an increased load placed on the plantarfascia by running, walking, playing tennis or by a patient’s biomechanics.
- Tight calf muscles
- Poor footwear
- Poor glutes control
- Calf muscle weakness
What are the symptoms of Plantarfaciitis?
People with plantarfaciitis may have a number of symptoms including:
- Pain on the bottom of your foot, sometimes going into your heel.
- Usually the first few steps in the morning are painful but this gradually settles as you continue walking.
- Walking barefoot, on your toes, going up stairs and running all tend to aggravate the pain.
Here is a testimonial from one of our clients who had plantarfaciitis:
“I completed my first Ironman 70.3 with the help of Natalie. Putting up with symptoms of plantarfasciitis for months before letting it get so bad that I couldn’t walk without limping or run without experiencing constant pain. In July I finally went to see Natalie something I should have done back in December. I actually didn’t expect to run the 13.1 miles yesterday pain free but I did and also pain free after. I really can’t thank Natalie enough.” Mrs. A
We have seen a lot of patients suffering from plantarfaciitis in our private physiotherapy clinics in Havant and Rowlands Castle recently.
Treatments for plantarfaciitis
There are lots of different treatment options from taping, to sports massage to release of tight calf muscles and plantarfascia, ankle joint mobilisation, strengthening exercises, stretches, acupuncture and ultrasound.
Please be aware of your body and take advice from your GP before exercising or send an email to (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice and guidance.
Exercise for Plantarfaciitis
(Kongsgaard et al 2009)
Plantar Fascia Stretch
Frozen Can Roll
If any of the above sounds familiar or if you suffer from plantarfaciitis then we can help you here at Physio-logical in Havant and Rowlands Castle. We all regularly see patients with a wide range of foot and heel pain symptoms. Call our clinic today on 07835 712306 to find out more about how our team of experienced Physiotherapists and soft tissue therapist can help. Alternatively you can get in contact with us via email@example.com or book online.