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Foot and heel pain

Do you suffer with pain on the bottom of your heel or the arch of your foot?

You may be suffering from a condition called plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The planter fascia is a big ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot, it supports the arch of your foot that helps you walk. Too much pressure on your feet can damage or affect the ligaments, The plantar fascia can then become inflamed and the inflammation causes huge pain and stiffness.

Symptoms

Pain is mainly felt on the bottom of the heel but can also be felt along the arch of the foot. It can develop gradually over time and is usually just one foot but can affect both feet. The pain is usually worse in the morning on waking, those first few steps of the day can definitely make you hobble! You may also feel pain after a period of rest – when you stand to walk again, you know about it! Pain isn’t usually felt during activity but more so after stopping.

So how do we get this?

You are at greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis if:

  • You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.
  • You have structural foot problems such as very high arches or very flat feet.
  • You wear poor footwear with soft soles and poor arch support such as flip-flops, pumps and wellington boots.
  • You have a very active job that involves being on your feet.
  • You have structural foot problems such as very high arches or very flat feet.
  • You have a very active job that involves being on your feet.
  • You are a long distance runner.
  • You are overweight or obese.

 

what can we do to help you?

Here at HJ Health & Sports Therapies we see this condition on a regular basis. Our main aim is to find the cause. Once this is determined, a treatment plan will be devised around this. This may include treatment to the surrounding muscles and tendons such as the calf muscles, the achilles tendon and treatment to the plantar fascia itself. We can then advise on stretches and strengthening exercises and also footwear if applicable.

The bottom line with plantar fasciitis is that you need to be committed to your recovery. It won’t get better overnight but with the right treatment and a little persistence you will get there. If you need any help or advice, please just give us a call.