Have you ever woken in the morning and those first few steps are particularly sore, or have you exercised and felt your heel flare up forcing you to stop? If you so you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It can frequently become inflamed and is a common source of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis commonly results from activities which require increased loading on the foot, which include but not limited to continuous running, hopping and jumping activities. It is very common for people on their feet all day or patients that have high arches or flat feet.
Some effective treatment techniques can include self-releasing the plantar fascia (as seen below) with frozen bottle or golf ball. Calf release work and taping can also be effective to unload the affected area. Also, don’t forgot that weakness in areas further up the body (including hip and knee) can put more strain on the plantar fascia, so it is very important to work out with your physio the underlying cause in order to get to the root cause of the problem.
If you are affected by plantar fasciitis and want to determine its exact cause, feel free to contact the team at Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions to make an appointment at either our Sydney CBD physiotherapy clinics or at our recently opened Chatswood Physiotherapy clinic.