Plantar Fasciitis

  • 1st July 2016

Plantar fasciitis continues to be widely used for the clinical syndrome of undersurface heel pain. However, the use of ‘itis’ denotes an inflammatory disorder. This is a misnomer as the pathology is not the result of excessive inflammation. Pathological changes are degenerative (but partially reversible) in nature, probably due to repetitive trauma.

There are many different approaches to treatment to resolve and prevent this condition from re-occurrence.

 TREATMENT CONSIST OF:

*Stretching exercises for the plantar fascia, calf muscles and the Achilles tendon
*Deep massage to the sole of the foot also stretches the plantar fascia
*Ultrasound treatment to assist pain relief and reduce inflammation

Advice
*Regularly changing footwear used for running and walking.
*Wear shoes that have good cushioning in the heels and good arch support.
*Losing weight if appropriate
*Avoidance of exercise on hard surfaces

BY SERGIO CAMPOS BSc MCSP SRP
Senior Physiotherapist

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