Plantar Fasciitis (PF) occurs when the underside of the foot is overloaded leading to inflammation and pain in the arch, more commonly nearer the heal than the toes.
It can be caused by poor foot mechanics, tight calves, unsupportive footwear, wearing flat shoes or flip flops or even walking on hard ground. All these cause over loading and stretching of the underside of the foot leading to pain.
PF is often worse in the morning when taking your first few steps or after prolonged sitting. The pain can be excruciating. It will ease with some movement but returns when the body cools down and tightens up.
Treatment includes myofascial or trigger point release of the arch and calf, more supportive footwear, orthotics (special inner soles) or in severe cases taping and night splints can be worn.
Because the problem occurs in a ligament that’s in the foot, the repeated loading from simply walking, means that recovery can be very slow.
It pays to have the problem assessed early by an expert physiotherapist who has specialist training and an interest in foot biomechanics. At least then you will know exactly what is causing the problem so you can then do what’s best to manage it.
At Thamesway we can assess you and supply the highest quality off the shelf and custom made orthotics. We source our product from Rightstride Orthotics ®, one of the UK’s leading orthotic suppliers.
If you have plantar fasciitis and would like one of our expert therapists to help get you better, feel free to contact us by phone or by email below.