Plantar fasciitis (Plantar heel pain)
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation on the band of fibrous tissue that run from the heel to the toes along the bottom of your foot, which is the most common cause of heel pain.
Symptoms include pain on the sole of the foot that is usually worse in the morning or after activity.
The pain can be described as a dull ache that feels red, hot or swollen. It may also present as a sharp stabbing pain with weight- bearing or stiffness on the bottom of the foot.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
- Prolonged standing and weight-bearing
- Increased levels of physical activity
- Biomechanical imbalances and uneven pressure distribution along the foot
- Wearing inappropriate footwear with poor support, such as jandals
- Tight calf muscles
- Sudden weight gain or excessive weight load on the foot
- Trauma to the foot
- Repetitive tearing or stretching of the fascia
Treatment at home to alleviate symptoms:
- RICE- (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate)
- Rolling/massaging the foot on an ice bottle, tennis or golf ball
- Topical Voltaren or NSAID’s (Non-Steroid Anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Avoiding bare feet, jandals and inappropriate footwear
- Stretching and strengthening
Help from a Podiatrist at Complete Podiatry include:
- Strapping of the foot – supporting the arch and reducing strain and stress along the fascia
- Orthotic intervention- addressing the underlying biomechanical cause and allowing even distribution of pressure along the foot
- Footwear recommendations- for a supportive and cushioned footwear that is appropriate for your foot type
- Stretching and strengthening of muscles- to efficiently stretch or strengthen up tight or weak muscles of the lower limb.
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