Chronic pain

Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes heel pain when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed or irritated.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

  • Heel pain: Pain on the bottom of the heel. The pain is usually sharp and stabbing and is often worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
  • Tenderness: The bottom of the heel may be tender to the touch.

Causes of plantar fasciitis

  • Overuse or repetitive strain: Activities that involve repetitive pounding or stress on the feet, such as running, jumping, or dancing, can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis by placing increased stress on the feet.
  • Improper footwear: Wearing shoes with inadequate support or cushioning, or shoes that don’t fit properly, can increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises: To stretch the plantar fascia and strengthen the foot and calf muscles can help reduce pain and improve flexibility.
  • Manual therapy: We may use soft tissue release and joint mobilisation to release tension in foot and calf muscles.
  • Footwear modifications: Wearing shoes with proper arch support, cushioning, and a good fit can help alleviate symptoms and prevent further irritation.
  • Ice and heat therapy: Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and heat therapy can relax the muscles and improve circulation.