Relief from Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue running on the underside of the foot that connects the toes to the heel.
Inflammation of this band is called plantar fasciitis and is the commonest cause of pain in the heel.
The plantar fascia works to support the arch of the foot and aid walking. Repeated small injuries to the fascia are thought to cause small tears that can lead to inflammation.
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Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis tends to be located in the heel and tends to ease a little on walking. Pain occurs after the heel has rested (for instance, after sitting for some time). It tends to occur in one foot at a time but can occur in both at the same time. One of the classic symptoms of plantar fasciitis is pain when getting out of bed in the morning and taking your first few steps.
Risk Factors for Developing Plantar Fasciitis
The Active 40+
People who are over the age of 40 who are active are prone to this condition.
For instance, it can be common in runners – and can be more commonly seen in those who run on hard surfaces.
It is also associated with a more sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Being overweight can put more pressure on your heel.
You may find it develops if you have been wearing shoes that have poor cushioning or poor arch supports.
Underlying foot and ankle problems. For instance, tight Achilles tendons, flat feet or high arches can predispose to this condition.
It can also be associated with women who are pregnant.
Long Periods Standing/Walking
If you are on your feet for long periods of time, or if you walk for a large part of the day.
You may have heard of Plantar Fascitiis being referred to as ‘Policeman’s Heel’, as it was common in Policeman who walked their beat.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Recommendation from Ben our Chiropractor:
“You may have heard of a number of treatments for plantar fasciitis including injections and anti inflammatory medication. I would always recommend conservative management as a first line.
With soft tissue massage I would aim to free the plantar fascia from inflammatory adhesions. Chiropractic adjustments aim to improve arch mobility and restore normal balance to your gait.
I would always consider the use or orthotic heel supports to cushion and aim to restore foot arch function, but there is little evidence to support purchasing expensive custom made orthotic supports”.
Get in Touch
Plantar fasciitis can be self limiting, but if you have troublesome or recurrent problems, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Very ProfessionalEmily Wright
0121 439 2726
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