Molly Ren explains what plantar fasciitis is and outlines some of the risk factors for developing it, and how physiotherapy can help.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) along the underside of our feet. It is commonly experienced as heel pain when you take the first few steps of the day or after prolonged sitting. It can cause intense pain that can greatly affect your ability to walk, run, or jump.
COMMON RISK FACTORS
Some of the common risk factors include:
- Recent increase in participation in running or sports
- Recent increase of prolonged standing
- Poor footwear choice
- Poor overall lower limb biomechanics or strength
- Foot arch flattening
HOW A PHYSIOTHERAPIST CAN HELP YOU
Following are some of the ways that a physiotherapist can help:
- Provide relief with manual therapy, and dry needling
- Strengthening and stretching exercises to improve your foot function
- Plyometric exercises to improve your overall lower limb function
- Footwear education and recommendations
- Braces or boots if required
- Lifestyle advice
At Innovations Physio & Pilates, we can assess and rehabilitate your plantar fasciitis, getting you back to your activities with confidence and comfort.