Foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel of the foot to the metatarsal joints at the base of the toes. When the plantar fascia is stressed, micro tears occur in the tissue, resulting in inflammation and pain. Plantar fasciitis can occur for many reasons such as overuse, a postural imbalance or a recent change in footwear, just to name a few!

How do I know if I have Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is slightly more common in females, but it can affect both sexes. It is usually seen between the ages of 40-70 but can affect younger more active individuals.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Heel pain – can be dull or sharp/stabbing
  • Aching or burning in the arch of the foot
  • The feeling of pulling through the arch of the foot with movement
  • The pain is usually worse with the first few steps in the morning
  • The pain is aggravated by prolonged standing or sitting
  • The pain is aggravated after intense activity

How can your osteopath help?

Diagnosis

Book in to see us! We will take your history, run you through some movements and do some hands-on testing to let you know if you have plantar fasciitis! Other foot issues such as stress fractures, tibialis posterior tendinopathies and several other conditions can mimic plantar fasciitis symptoms, but don’t worry because we can help with those conditions too!

Hands on treatment

We use a mixture of soft tissue, stretching, articulation of joints to improve joint motion, to help get you feeling better and back on your feet – literally!

Dry needling

This is a very effective technique to improve blood flow into the tissue area that is inflamed and to help loosen up any tight muscles that may be contributing to your plantar fasciitis.

Sports or postural taping

Different taping techniques can help reduce pain and create a more stabile base. Taping also helps us identify if you are a candidate for orthotics or a change in footwear.

Home exercises

Although plantar fasciitis is felt in the heel or the arch of the foot, underlying causes such as tight calves, hamstrings and muscle strength imbalances can be the underlying cause of your pain. We can tailor a home exercise plan to help address these issues as well.

Referral

As mentioned above, your foot pain may not be plantar fasciitis. If this is the case, we can guide you in the right directions for ultrasounds, x-rays or other imaging options if needed.

If this sounds like your pain, give us a call or book online now!
See you in the clinic soon!