What is Plantar Fasciitis?
It is a common inflammatory condition affecting the thick band of connective tissue on the sole of the foot. It is often felt as a sharp pain in the heel. This is commonly much worse with the first few steps in the morning, and occurs with most weight bearing activities. It can become a chronic problem if not treated correctly. It occurs most commonly in runners and people who are on their feet for prolonged periods of time. It also occurs more frequently in women and people aged 40-60 years old.
How Does Plantar Fasciitis Happen?
This condition often starts for no reason and is not normally associated with trauma. A number of factors can contribute to Plantar Fasciitis but typically people with flat feet, poor walking biomechanics and tightness in the calf, hamstring and gluteal regions. There can also be associated with crepitis or “rice bubble” sensations when you press on the sole of your foot. It is often aggravated by walking, running, dancing and by wearing non-supportive footwear.
What Complete Care Can Do To Treat Plantar Fasciitis
- Soft tissue release – of the plantar fascia itself, calf muscles, hamstrings and gluteal muscles
- Neuro-myofascial needling to release the neural pathways stemming from the lower back into the Plantar Fascia
- Specific exercises – advice on using ice to control inflammation, rest and exercise modification to allow structures to heal.
- Providing a progressive strengthening and exercise program to get you back up and running
- Taping to provide support for the foot and plantar fascia. Specific stretching exercised to stretch plantar fascia and supporting muscles