Plantar Fasciitis is a very common foot problem and the main symptom is heel pain. The pain is often especially bad first thing in the morning, when you take the first few steps of the day. You may experience pain in either one or both of your feet. We can prescribe and advise on a range of plantar fasciitis treatment techniques to help relieve pain in the heel.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a long band of connective tissue running from the ball of the foot to the heel. This band of tissue supports the arch of your foot. Plantar Fasciitis can cause heel spurs, which are boney overgrowths on the heel bone. We can diagnose these conditions by examining your feet and watching how you stand and walk. We may also use diagnostic ultrasound.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Many people suffer from plantar fasciitis and this could be because they are:
- on their feet for long periods
- walking, running or standing when they aren’t used to it
- living a sedentary lifestyle
- suffering from a tight Achilles tendon
- wearing shoes with no arch support
- exercising on a different surface to what they’re used to
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
There are a variety of Plantar Fasciitis treatment techniques available and your podiatrist will advise which is best for you. You could be advised to rest or you could be prescribed physical therapy, orthotics or a range of other options. All the treatments we prescribe can help reduce pain in the heel and allow you to get back on your feet.
If you are experiencing pain under your heel and think you may have Plantar Fasciitis or any other condition of the foot, it is best to make an appointment to see a podiatrist. Please contact us to book an assessment or find out more.