Heel Pain....Do you have Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is pain that occurs underneath the heel at the point where your plantar fascia connects onto your heel bone

The plantar fascia is a tough fascial tissue that runs under your foot and has several functions in the foot during walking and running such as load distribution and maintaining stability. 

People will commonly describe:

  • Pain under the heel of the foot usually described as “sharp and achy”
  • Difficulty walking long distances or running
  • Worse pain in the morning when taking the first few steps out of bed or after a long period of rest

Plantar fasciitis occurs in approximately 10% of people who run regularly. Those at most risk are:

  • People between the ages of 40 and 60,
  • Those with “flat feet”
  • Obesity
  • People who spend a prolonged time standing on hard surfaces
  • people with joint tightness issues in their feet

Exercise is one of the primary forms of treatment along with hands on physiotherapy for lengthen the plantar fascia and maintain normal movement on the feet. Here are some ideas on how to treat plantar fasciitis with exercise. If you need more help treating this problem please go to www.physiofocus to book an appointment.

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