Plantar fasciitis (sometimes known as plantar fasciosis due to lack of inflammation) is the most common cause of heel pain. It’s affects around 10% of runners and athletes who participate in high impact sports. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that attaches from the base of your heel to your toes. Up to 90-95% of patients with plantar fasciitis can be managed conservatively to reduce pain and return to function.
If the tension or stress becomes too great for the fascia to accommodate, micro-tears can occur causing plantar fasciitis
- Increase in repetitive high impact activity
- Flat feet
- Shoes that doesn’t support your natural feet arch
- Increase in weight
- Walking with your feet rolling inwards
Treating plantar fasciitis is a multi-factorial approach. It is important to find the cause of the problem along with reducing the pain
- Rest, ice bottle massage and stretching
- Analysing your running or landing biomechanics
- Night splints
- Strengthening of surrounding muscles
- Shockwave therapy.
Di Giovanni et al. (2006). Plantar Fascia-Specific Stretching Exercise Improves Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Plantar Fasciitis.