Plantar Fasciitis


What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is the thickening and inflammation of the plantar fascia. This is the tissue that runs along the sole of your foot, it connects at the heel and the ball of the foot. There can be many contributing factors to developing plantar fasciitis. It can be very painful and can affect your ability to walk.

Causes

The most common causes of plantar fasciitis include but are not limited to:

  • Sudden increase of exercise intensity
  • Constant change between heeled and flat shoes
  •  A tight Achilles tendon
  • Are on your feet for the majority of the day
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have flat feet or a high arch

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis mostly include but are not limited to:

  • Pain on the sole of the foot
  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Worse pain in the morning
  • Pain when putting pressure or weight on the affected foot
  • Affected ability to walk

Treatments

Treatments for plantar fasciitis include but are not limited to:

  • Orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Icing to reduce inflammation
  • Night splints
  • Rest
  • Immobilisation
  • Wearing shoes with shock absorption
  • Stretching and exercising the foot
  • No walking bare foot