As the summer descends upon and the levels of exercise increase, so do the number of people complaining of a nuisance pain in the sole of their feet. More often than not, this is a result of the condition most commonly known as Plantar fasciitis.
Interestingly, in the past week I have witnessed 6 people hobbling around with the condition. Over 80% of whom weren’t aware of the benefits physiotherapy could have on the pain. So this blog aims to help advise you on the condition and how physiotherapy could help you overcome it.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Fascia is an extremely strong connective tissue that is found all over the body, in many different forms. It’s most common form are sheaths that surround muscles and ligaments to protect these tissues. The plantar fascia is a thickened sheet of fascia that sits on the sole of the feet and runs from the base of the heel to the base of the toes. When over-used, the plantar fascia can become inflamed and sore.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The main cause of plantar fasciitis is it being over-used. This is often due to a lack of support under the arches of your feet, causing the foot to flatten and the fascia to be stretched and excessively overloaded. If this occurs repeatedly, micro trauma begins and the fascia becomes inflamed and sore.
What symptoms can I expect?
Plantar Fasciitis is most usually felt by a soreness or tightness felt on the underneath of the foot towards the arch or heel of the foot. This pain may be increased if the big toe is extended and the arch of the foot is palpated.