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Heel Pain (Plantar fasciitis)

plantar faciitisThe plantar fascia can be thought of as a wide, tight rubber band which attaches to the heel and extends forward to the toes, occupying the central area of the sole.

Its main function is to support the arches of the feet.

If our feet roll in too far when we walk, the arch of our foot lowers and lengthens. This places excessive strain upon the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel. It is this repetitive strain and pull of the plantar fascia at the heel which creates irritation and consequent pain.

Initially a person will experience tenderness under the heel and complain of heel pain when first getting out of bed in the morning. As the person starts walking around the pain will decrease. As the condition progresses, pain appears after getting up from a short rest, until finally the pain is permanent.

Treatment options;

Strapping

Padding

Orthotics

Surgery

Ultrasound

Advice on Footwear and Training

Injection Therapy

Rest