What is Plantar Fasciitis?

14 January 2021

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Have you ever experienced Plantar Fasciitis (PF)?

Before we dive into this common problem, let’s first look at the anatomy of the foot.

The Plantar Fascia is not found in one particular spot on the base of our feet.

Rather, it is a long thick band of connective tissue that covers the tarsals and metatarsals that extends from the calcaneus (our heel) to the heads of the five metatarsals (our toes!).

It acts much like a rubber band. That is, creating tension to maintain the arches of our feet whilst allowing some stretch, assisting us when walking, and supporting our bodies to balance.

If you have experienced this pain before you know why this occurs but for those who don’t Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of this fascia which often results in pain and difficulty walking.

Why does this occur? Great question……

Well, it occurs for a variety of reasons. These include:

Overload injuries due to mechanical issues (flat feet, high arches, ankle pronation, tight achilles tendon, leg length discrepancy)

  • Repetitive trauma such as running (15-20% or runners will experience PF) or a sudden increase in activity
  • Weight gain
  • Poor shoe choice

Now, brace yourself, there is NO quick fix for PF unless you opt straight for surgery and again, that in itself is not a quick fix.

The road to recovery from PF is a long one. Given time, and a good rehabilitation / exercise regime, research shows that PF will improve within 10 months of beginning nonsurgical treatment.

How can I help you?

By providing joint and soft tissue mobilisation, assisted ankle and calf stretching and offering a tailored rehabilitation program to get you back on your feet.

 Get in touch with us today to book a consultation. Your feet will thank you for it!