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Plantar Fascitis

Plantar Fascitis Causes and treatments by the Physio Clinic Naas & Newbridge. Chartered Physio & Chiropractor Naas & Newbridge

What is Plantar Fascitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of the foot from the heel at the back to base of the toes (metatarsals) at the front. Plantar fasciitis refers is a sharp heel pain that occurs around the heel & can radiate along the bottom of the foot along the course of the plantar fascia. The pain of plantar fasciitis is increased with activity that loads or stretches the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis can also be characterised by morning pain. A calcaneal (heel) spur may develop in areas of the heel where forces are increased due to tight muscles and faulty biomechanics. During toe off tightening of the plantar fascia raises the longitudinal arch of the foot & assists in propelling the foot forward during running or walking.

Causes of Plantar Fascitis

There are many theories regarding the causes of plantar fasciitis. One is that altered foot mechanics as occurs with flatfoot (over pronation) can give rise to repetitive overload of the plantar fascia & that this may give rise to pain.  Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners and overweight individuals where the loading of the foot is increased. Although heel spurs are commonly seen in such patients, these are normally a response to chronic overload rather than being the instigator of symptoms.

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Physiotherapy treatment of Plantar Fascitis

Short-term management of plantar fasciitis may include taping to offload the sole of the foot. Muscle release techniques may also be used to restore normal tissue length and break down local scar tissue. Identifying the underlying biomechanical factors that are giving rise to plantar fascia overload is critical to attaining long-term success and for prevention of reoccurrence.

Your physiotherapist will assess you in order to identify the main drivers of your pain and to devise a tailored rehabilitation programme to reduce symptoms & offload the sole of the foot. Physio interventions will include strengthening exercises & manual therapies including joint mobilisations & muscle release techniques.

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