Your plantar fascia is a large band of fibres that stretches across the sole of your foot from the ball to the heel. Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch of your foot. If this bowstring is put under tension or stress small tears occur, usually where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel. These small tears cause inflammation, pain and what we call ‘Plantar Fasciitis’
Plantar Fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst when first putting your foot to the ground in the morning. It can also occur after long periods of standing or when rising after a period of sitting.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
• Certain types of exercise. Activities that place a lot of stress on your plantar fascia include: long-distance running, jumping activities and ballet dancing.
• Foot mechanics. Being excessively flat-footed or having an excessively high arch.
• Obesity. Excess weight puts extra stress on your plantar fascia.
• Occupation. Factory workers, teachers, shop assistants and others who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces can damage their plantar fascia.
• Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60. Treatment: No – the heel pain will not usually go away on its own. In fact, ignoring it may result in chronic heel pain that is much more difficult to treat.
At Carousel podiatry, treatment for heel pain will be tailored to your specific circumstances. It may include strapping, footwear change, orthotic devices, stretching and strengthening exercises, dry needling, myofasical release, barefoot rehabilitation, mobilisation techniques and most importantly, education. If you have any questions on how to treat your heel pain, please contact us today, we are always happy to help!
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