Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common injury that those taking part in fitness activities are likely to suffer. It is an inflammation with some degeneration of the plantar fasica which is a long ligament that connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot, so has the function of hold up the arch of the foot. The key symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain under the centre of the heel bone and pain on getting up from a rest, particularly first thing in the morning. The main causes of plantar fasciitis are being overweight, too much activity too soon, tight calf muscles and poor foot biomechanics. The main approach to the treatment for plantar fasciitis is to reduce those risk factors. For plantar fasciitis this means stretching the calf muscles, losing weight (long term), being careful about increasing training loads and the use of foot orthotics to reduce the load in the tissues (more). Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be managed this way. Occasionally other modalities may be needed. Only on rare occasions is surgery for plantar fasciitis needed.

 

By: Craig Payne

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