Plantar Fasciopathy (aka plantar fasciitis)… Heel Pain!

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a thick and strong band of connective tissue (ligament) that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It helps to absorb impact and supports the arch of your foot. The plantar fascia can become painful if overloaded/ strained and can often become chronically painful especially if not optimally managed.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in the bottom of the foot (heel pain-usually near the base of the heel)
  • Pain for the first few steps after sleep or prolonged sitting

What causes plantar fasciitis?

  • A sudden increase in loading activities such as walking, running, jumping etc.
  • Inadequate footwear
  • Reduced muscle strength or length in the supporting muscles
  • Obesity and biomechanical overloading
So you’ve been told you have plantar fasciopathy? What can you do?

Plantar fasciopathy can take anywhere from a few weeks to many months to resolve depending on a number of factors.
To help you recover as fast as possible and prevent re-aggravation your physiotherapist will be able to guide your rehabilitation and tailor it specifically for you based on the cause of your plantar fasciopathy. Your treatment may include: specific exercises including stretches, strengthening, taping, orthotics, footwear advice, advice regarding load management and training.

Your physio is able to assess your foot posture and determine if there is a requirement for orthotics and can prescribe and fit these for you. They are also able to discuss footwear options for daily wear, work wear and sport wear.

There are some other proven tools that may be beneficial such as Shockwave therapy (especially helpful for chronic cases), fasciitis fighter, Archies Thongs or orthotics… All of which we have in-stock at our clinic.

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