Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common types of foot/heel pain and is caused by inflammation of the band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot known as the “plantar fascia”. The plantar fascia is a thick, weblike ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch of your foot, helping you to walk.
The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is unknown, however what we do know is that the condition can be the result of inflammation or degeneration. This is normally due to overuse or from repetitive strain. The condition is often seen in those who spend a lot of time running, on their feet or taking part in high impact/frequency exercises. If you are suffering with the condition, then you may be experiencing pain in the area between your heel and the arch of the foot, especially first thing in the morning.
If you are suffering with plantar fasciitis, then we may assess the following:
- Type of exercise you are taking part in
- Weakness and/or tightness in the calf and other muscles
- Range of movement in the ankle
- Appropriateness of footwear used
- Any over pronation of the ankle
Treatment can include:
- Massage of the calf and achilles
- Exercises to strengthen certain muscular structures
- Shockwave Therapy
- Dry Needling (acupuncture)
- Deep friction massage of the plantar fascia
If you are suffering with any pains similar to above then you can book in with tfd therapy either at reception, over the phone or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.