What is it?
The Plantar Fascia is a band of tough, fibrous tissue that runs along the sole of your foot, from the heel, along the arch, to the ball of the foot.
Its purpose is to help support the arch of the foot and to absorb shock as we walk. This tissue can get irritated and inflamed, causing pain. When this happens, it is known as ‘Plantar Fasciitis’.
What Plantar Fasciitis might feel like?
What Causes it?
The inflammation is caused by small tears in the fascia, which occur when it is overloaded and is not able to recover quickly enough to manage them. Overload usually occurs in one of two ways.
Other Contributing Factors?
How do we treat Plantar Fasciitis?
We use our 4-step system to assess and treat your foot pain as outlined below. This ensures you have the best possible chance of getting better and the problem not returning in future.
First we listen to you and take a detailed history of your pain and problem. Then we assess your foot, ankle, knee, hip and back using simple movement tests and screens.
We then explain your likely diagnosis and proposed treatment plan of exactly what we need to do to get you better.
Once pain has begun to settle and we are moving in the right direction, the emphasis shifts to helping you build the necessary strength and resilience of muscles and joints in order to get those long-lasting results. We work with you 1:1 in our dedicated rehab space and/or start you in our group PhysioFit Pilates classes.
Note: Plantar Fasciitis occasionally does not fully resolve through conservative methods. If we feel you may need further input, such as scans or non-conservative management, we will talk you through your options and the best way for you to move forward with this. We can arrange MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound scans and have a result within 3-5 days.
How do I get started?
Like to speak to someone first?
No problem, please call the main desk and if needed we can have a physio call you back to discuss your specific situation.