Common injuries

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the feet, which involves inflammation of the plantar fascia (the thick band of connective tissue running from the heel to the toes). Plantar fasciitis is usually characterised by a sharp/stabbing pain in/near the heel, which is often worse in the morning or following periods of inactivity.

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, and is primarily seen in people who spend a lot of time on their feet. It is common in runners, factory workers, delivery drivers, and is more common in those with a higher BMI. Genetic factors such as foot structure also plays a part, and those with high arches are more at risk of plantar fasciitis.

There is no way to guarantee prevention of plantar fasciitis. However, you are able to reduce your risk of developing plantar fasciitis in a few different ways

  • Losing weight if you are overweight
  • Choose supportive footwear
  • Avoid quickly increasing running loads
  • Stretching regularly

Management of plantar fasciitis is long-term and multifactorial. Physiotherapy management can include manual therapy, strengthening exercises for your feet and legs, taping, orthotics, night splinting, and alteration of you activity loads. Treatment for plantar fasciitis will differ depending on the individual, activity levels, and goals.

Commonly, people wait an average of 12 months before seeking treatment for plantar fasciitis, however it is easier to treat if caught in the early stages. If you are concerned that you may have plantar fasciitis make an appointment with one of our highly experienced physiotherapists at Sportsmed Mosgiel Physiotherapy.


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