Plantar Fasciitis

How a Plantar Fasciitis can effect YOU and what should YOU do?

Plantar FasciitisOne of the most common injuries people visit me for. In this months’ blog I aim to explain exactly what it is, the symptoms you may experience, and some simple home care advice to help you deal with the condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis??

The planta fascia is the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot, combined with the skeletal structure and other ligaments that structurally give you your arch. It assists in cushioning the foot through walking, running, exercise and any downwards impact.

The causes of the condition aren’t fully understood and there are several things to consider, exercise – normally high impact on un-sprung services, obesity – added weight being applied to the feet, flat feet, foot rolling to name a few reason that I’ve encountered.

Most commonly, however, it is caused by tight calf muscles, which in turn causes tightness in the Achilles tendon, that then pulls the plantar towards the heel causing tightening and lack of movement in the arch.

Pain is often experienced first thing in the morning and when walking barefoot, it can be felt in the sole of the foot, the arch, the heal and even up into the leg.

Subsequent issues/referred pain may also develop over periods of time due to altered posture due to the pain.

The important thing for this is to get a treatment sooner rather than later. The longer you leave it the more severe it will get and then you’ll need more sessions to “fix” it! In some cases, when it’s not been addressed soon enough steroid injections have been required, my hope is that I can prevent this by working with you early.

Home help if you have plantar fasciitis

Alongside regular massage treatment, you may consider acupuncture and then KT taping to support the foot between treatment. However, the biggest key to treating this is a good home routine, strengthening the arch and the foot alongside improving flexibility of the feet/ankles and calves.

Random wiki fact:

Between 4% and 7% of the general population has heel pain at any given time: about 80% of these are due to plantar fasciitis. Approximately 10% of people have the disorder at some point during their life. It becomes more common with age.

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Jeni Wren x

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