Plantar Fasciitis affects 900,000 Australians a year, mostly between the ages of 40 to 70 years old. It affects 21% of the running population & is commom in people who stand for long periods or who walks lots. 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, starting from your heel and ending at your toes. Inflammation can occur in this band causing discomfort and sometimes pain

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the overuse of your foot, from the type of surface you walk on, type of shoe you wear, to the overall structure of your foot. If left untreated it can cause chronic or long term issues later on down the track. 

When to see your therapist:

  • When a burning sensation occur in the base of your foot or heel 
  • Tenderness felt at the base of your foot 
  • Sharp pain in foot when first starting to walk, in the morning or after sitting
  • Tight achilles tendon that limits activity

 

Some causes of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Tight calves
  • Wearing new shoes/ shoes that have poor arch support 
  • Walking around barefoot 
  • Exercising without warming up 
  • Obesity 
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Over pronantion or supination
  • Weakness in the hips (Gluteus Medius)
  • Large increase in current activity

 

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Seeing a musculoskeletal therapist to assess & provide relief from discomfort as well as provide stretches and exercises to that help strengthen the area 
  • Resting your foot 
  • Icing the foot at least 2 to 3 times a day
  • Avoiding activities that are likely to cause more issues
  • Taping the foot
  • Dry Needling
  • Shockwave therapy

Plantar Fasciitis doesn’t resolve by itself, but there are always treatments that can help manage the condition.