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Plantar fasciitis (or more correctly known as plantar fasciopathy or plantar heel pain) is a complex condition with many associated factors. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that supports the structure of the foot by connecting the heel bone with the metatarsal bones in the forefoot. This links the heel bone (calcaneum) to the toes. Pain is associated with an overload and irritation of the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain under the heel. Pain is often worse first thing in the morning (first step pain) or after prolonged rest. It usually settles down with activity as the area warms up. It can affect one or both feet at the same time.
Majority of associated factors of plantar fasciitis are related to increased force being transmitted by the plantar fascia. Changes to training load, starting a new physical activity, change in general load and inappropriate footwear are some of the causes. A higher body mass index increases the risk of plantar fasciopathy due to excessive load on the plantar fascia and increased fat cells in the blood and connective tissue. There is mixed evidence to suggest that pronation (rolling in of the foot) during weight bearing can increase the associated risk.
After your plantar heel pain is diagnosed there are a variety of treatments your Podiatrist will be able to choose from. It is a persistent condition that gets more difficult with time to manage. These will be based on an individual assessment due to activities, lifestyle, foot type and pain levels.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis include:
Some other treatments which you can do at home include:
If you need help with plantar fasciitis or have any concerns the team at Momentum Podiatry Group in Parkdale are experts at treating heel pain.
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