What is plantar fasciitis and how can I treat it?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful and debilitating condition that affects the bottom of the foot and heel. It can develop gradually over a period of time in a degenerative way or can be the result of inflammation at the heel where the plantar fascia attaches. Unfortunately there is no quick fix with this especially if symptoms have been left to linger for a number of weeks or months.

Plantar fasciitis can cause pain when weight bearing and used to be called ‘Policeman’s heel’. Pain is most commonly felt when taking the first few steps in the morning as well as after sitting for an extended time and getting back up onto your feet. The calf muscles at the back of the shin are often shortened and tight with trigger points in the muscle.

Heel raising can improve calf and ankle strength

Treatment

There are numerous treatment options available including:

Orthotics or gel heel pads, massage to the plantar fascia and calf taping to support the arch of the foot, ice, joint mobilisation to the ankle and foot joints as well as shockwave therapy which can ‘kick-start’ the healing process. All of these options are available at Complete Physiotherapy.

Patients that present to their doctor or physiotherapist have usually tried many contraptions bought from the internet in an attempt to improve symptoms. These are tried with failed success and this is likely due to a muscle or joint further up the chain not working at it’s optimum function. An example of this might be tightness in the calf, causing the ankle joint to become stiff resulting in the foot and plantar fascia having to over compensate.

Have you been struggling with plantar fascia pain?

Come and see one of our Physiotherapists to have a full assessment and allow us to help guide you through your treatment. Call today on 01189 462299 and see if we can help.