The Plantar Facia is a strong piece of soft tissue under the base of your foot that connects your heel to your toes.
It is fairly thick and forms the arch of your foot. As with most “itis” endings, Plantar Fasciitis is essentially the inflammation of the Plantar Facia.
How is it caused?
Plantar Fasciitis can be caused through overuse, being on your feet too often or not allowing enough cushioning between your feet and the ground. People who play sports that put pressure on the heel, pregnant women, individuals that are overweight or those who do not wear shoes with enough “under-heel” support, may also experience Plantar Fasciitis.
What are the symptoms I should look out for?
The most common symptom reported is pain in the heel. This could be either sharp or dull aching, that tends to be a lot worse in the morning or after being on your feet all day. Some less common symptoms may include your feet feeling tough/inflexible and hearing a cracking noise when first walking in the morning.
How can I treat it?
If you are feeling pain or discomfort in your feet, the first stop is your GP. They will order scans such as an x-ray or ultrasound to further investigate the source of your pain. Once decided, your next stop is your physiotherapist. They will support you through the process of allowing the inflammation to lessen, as well as preventing it using rest, stretching, anti-inflammatory medication and ice based on your individual needs.
How can I prevent it?
Take care of your feet!
- If you spend lots of time on your feet, ensure you have supportive footwear that cushions your body enough for your needs and activities.
- Some physiotherapists recommend having two pairs of joggers to minimise them wearing out too quickly.
- Ensuring you have enough rest is crucial. Give your feet the chance to heal with frequent stretching and time off
- Take a preventative approach, contact your physiotherapist for stretching strategies to stop it in its tracks.
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