The plantar fascia is a strong piece of connective tissue that forms the arch of the foot. It does this by starting at the heel of the foot and connects onto the toes. The strength of this connective tissue varies from person to person.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
It is an irritation of the plantar fascia connective tissue. This is caused primarily through having too much or too little arch support. Part of the role of the plantar fascia is to help absorb shock and support the arch of the foot. If the ligament doesn't have enough give it doesn't tolerate shock as well (such as when running) resulting in it becoming irritated. Conversely if there is too much give it can be overstretched and subsequently painful. Other causes of plantar fasciitis can include the grown of bone spurs on the heel which rubs the plantar fascia.
- Stiffness and pain that is worse in the morning!
- Pain that has developed over a period of days to weeks
- Pain in the arch or heel of the foot
- Pain with prolonged weight bearing activities like running or standing
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Treatment for plantar fasciitis begins with not pushing through pain and judging progression of symptoms based off stiffness in the morning. Correction of shoe wear and issues with too much or too little arch support through hands on physiotherapy, a graduated home exercise program and potentially the prescription of orthotic inserts will alleviate symptoms over a period of weeks to 1 to 2 months.
The longer plantar fasciitis has been going on for the longer the rehabilitation time frame often is. So if you are having discomfort have one of the Physiotherapists at PhysioLogix look at it and get you back walking normally, Especially in the morning!