A pain in the foot? Could it be plantar fasciitis?

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment, especially among runners, but it can affect anyone. It is a condition that affects the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that attaches from the heel of the foot to the toes. If this gets strained it can become weak, inflamed and irritated.

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain in the heel
  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • Discomfort when first getting up in the morning  
  • Discomfort when getting up from sitting down
  • Pain can be dull, sharp, aching  

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are several things that can cause plantar fasciitis. The main causes are age, obesity, change in distance you are running or if you have a job that involves standing up for a long period of time. You can also develop plantar fasciitis if you have very high arches, very flat feet or tightness in the achilles tendon and calf muscle.

Treatment of plantar fasciitis

There are several therapeutic treatments available for plantar fasciitis. Massage can ease some of the discomfort in the foot as well as release tension in the calf. Another treatment is to use some strapping and taping techniques that will support the area of pain and take some of the pressure off the plantar fascia. You can also do stretches and self-myofascial techniques such as rolling and applying ice.

Time frames for recovery

There is no specific time frame as to when this condition heels, it can range from two months to two years, but with regular therapeutic treatments and stretches you should feel some relief from the signs and symptoms.

If you think you have signs of plantar fasciitis, speak to one of our therapists for assessment, treatment and advice.