Plantar Fasciitis effects the layer of connective tissue running along the sole of the foot, from the heel down to the toes called the plantar fascia. The condition sees a breakdown or fraying of the fibers of the plantar fascia which results in pain on the inner part of the heel and sometimes into arch of the foot. Pain is usually worse in the morning time upon waking and in the early stages of the condition it eases out with movement. As the condition becomes more advanced pain is usually constant with activities such as walking and running.
The causes of plantar fasciitis may be multifactorial including intrinsic (bodily) factors such as flat feet (fallen arches), poor calf flexibility, poor conditioning of the intrinsic muscles of the foot, and poor lower biomechanics. Extrinsic risk factors may include the use of inappropriate footwear, volume of training, training or walking on hard surfaces. Following a thorough assessment and physical examination our Chartered Physiotherapists may use a number of treatment interventions to address your pain including: massage techniques, passive stretching and strengthening exercises, laser, dry needling, corrective taping, and prescription orthotics.