The Plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous connective tissue which starts at the bottom surface of the heel bone and extends along the sole of the foot towards the toes. It limits excessive flattening of the arch in the foot and when the Plantar fascia becomes painful, the condition is known as Plantar fasciitis.
There are many different names for this condition and similar symptoms seen in other conditions are at times incorrectly diagnosed as Plantar fasciitis. Interestingly however, the ‘itis’ suffix in the name implies an inflammatory condition, but there is actually little or no inflammation present when this problem occurs.
What are the symptoms and findings with Plantar Fasciitis?
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Flat feet or poor muscular control of the arch are both common causes of Plantar fasciitis. It is most often associated with impact and running sports, especially those that involve running on your toes. For what usually appears to be no apparent reason, Plantar fasciitis is caused by either traction or compression injuries:
What is my best course of action?
Plantar fasciitis is usually diagnosed by your Physiotherapist (who are experts in foot assessments and the dynamic, biomechanical correction thereof) based on your symptoms, history and thorough clinical examination. The good news is that if the cause and contributing factors are addressed, there is no reason why this debilitating condition cannot be put to rest, allowing you to resume your life fully. One could expect a significant improvement within 2 months of starting the correct treatment.
You may Contact us directly to, not only establish and confirm the diagnosis, but also pin point and address what has predisposed you to the condition and get started on rehabilitation to resolve the symptoms, address the cause and minimize possible recurrences.
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