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Plantar Fasciitis

Symptoms Checklist

  • Your pain came on gradually over weeks or months
  • The first few steps in the morning are sorest
  • The pain may be mostly in the back and bottom of the heel
  • The pain may move around on the bottom of the foot
  • It feels worse when the heel strikes the ground
  • The pain lasts all day

Plantar Fasciitis

Fascia is the name given to the “scaffolding” of the body.  It is present under your skin, holding muscles together, suspending organs, giving your body it’s unique shape.  It is thickest under your foot and also acts like a “bowstring” connecting your heel to the front of your foot thereby creating an arch.  Sometimes it can get inflamed and this is called plantar fasciitis.  The pressure on it when you are walking is about twice your body weight and this is applied as you walk, just as the trailing leg lifts off the ground. This is usually the time it hurts most.  The pain can last all day and may be quite severe. 

Physical Therapy/Osteopathy and Plantar Fasciitis

A number of different elements can contribute to your problem.  A Therapist will assess and treat your calf muscles if tightness there is a factor.  It always helps to rest the foot until the pain eases and to return gradually to gentle exercise.  Stretches to the fascia under the foot and contrast bathing may help as can taping the foot overnight.  Treatment to the muscles of the foot will help to distribute the body’s weight better.  For self-help you can try to reduce your own weight and stretch the calf muscles gently before you walk.  Try to avoid walking on hard surfaces like concrete floors and avoid activities like pushing (lawn mowing) that concentrate the pressure on the sorest place.

Tags: Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Feet, Fascia, Muscles, Ankle Sprain or Strain, Fallen Arches, Muscle sprain or strain, Sports Injuries


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