What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

One of the most common conditions we see at FootMotion Podiatry is Plantar Fasciitis. 

The Plantar Fascia is a band of connective tissue that starts at the heel and runs towards the forefoot. It is thought that the main function of the Plantar Fascia is to assist with supporting the arch of the foot during standing, walking and running.

Strain on the Plantar Fascia damages the tissue and leads to inflammation or small tears. It’s also thought that in chronic Plantar Fasciitis the inflammation subsides, but thickening and distortion of the fascia takes place.

Examples of overuse that we see at FootMotion Podiatry include prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces in workplace settings, and distance running or even just exercise walking.

Sometimes we’ll see acute injuries of the fascia from sport that involves a lot of running, or activities that put stress on the ball of the foot and pull on the fascia - activities such as standing on ladders or going up and down stairs.

Plantar Fascia injuries can go on to become quite debilitating making it difficult for people to stand at work or even walk around in day-to-day activities.

The good news is there are a number of things that you can do to help settle the condition, these include:

  • Rest
  • Reduce the inflammation and pain by using ice or taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Stretch the plantar fascia and the calf muscles
  • Protect the injured foot using shoes with good cushioning and support
  • Support the arch using insoles or orthoses
  • Strengthen the other muscles under the foot

You can read more on this in Part 1 of our series of How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis here.

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