What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis 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 stained it can become weak, inflamed and irritated.
What are the 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 plant 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 when you have plantar fasciitis. You can have massage, this will ease some of the discomfort in the foot and massage will loosen the tension that may be felt in the calf. Another treatment we use is strapping and taping techniques that support the area of pain and take some of the pressure off the plantar fascia. Stretches help a lot, self myofascial techniques such as rolling are very effective and putting ice on it is an easy win.
How long will it take to heal?
There is no specific time frame as to when this condition heals but it can range from 2 months to 2 years depending on the severity. With regular therapeutic treatments and stretches you should feel some relief from the signs and symptoms, this also goves you the best chance of quick results.
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Taping tips for Plantar fasciitis
This is used for anyone experiencing pain when first getting up in the morning or pain in the heal of the foot. It requires 2 strips;
Strip one: The longest strip has 2 diamond shapes cut in to it (fold over and then cut a triangle out) The diamonds then attach over the 2nd and 3rd toe the rest of the tape stretches over the bottom of the foot and up the achilles tendon.
Strip two: The 2nd strip wraps around from the outside of the foot then under it to the inside of the foo