What is it? What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is diagnosed when inflammation and pain is found at the heel, specifically the inner and underside of the foot. The role of the plantar fascia is to stabilise the underside of the foot and act as a shock absorber as it stretches, much like a “luck band”. Although it is a thick, strong tissue that runs the length of the foot from the heel to the toes, it is constantly stressed as we walk and move around.
Inflammation can be caused by:
- Sudden increases in training load/intensity of fitness activities (i.e. going from walking to jogging/ jogging to sprints)
- Participating in new activities that can put increases stress of the heel of the foot (i.e gym classes, jumping activates/sports)
- Being overweight or experiencing a sudden increase in body weight (i.e. pregnancy)
- Wearing flat at shoes with poor arch support more often than normal (i.e. thongs whilst on holidays)
The main symptom of this condition is sharp pain under the heel of the foot. There can also be a burning or aching sensation, or slightly swollen. The pain can be worse in the morning, after prolonged standing and/or walking.
Plantar fasciitis is very common and can be difficult to treat. When diagnosing the cause of plantar fasciitis must be determined so as to avoid repeated re-aggravations. This often involves reducing the load/training on the foot (short term) and then progressively returning to the activity in controlled increments. Traditional techniques like icing and shoe inserts are beneficial: however, at Bodyline Health – Biopuncture injections are often utilised for this condition with fantastic results (even for chronic cases where cortisone has failed) . To find out more about biopuncture for fasciitis call our clinic on (03) 9017 4784 and Dr. Phil is more than happy to chat to you about your concerns. Alternatively, we are open 6 days a week to talk to our staff of or you can book an appointment anytime on our website at www.bodylinehealth.com .