Plantar Fasciitis

Echuca Podiatry

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that is caused by placing excessive strain through the plantar fascia (a thick band of connective tissue that runs through the arch of the foot). This strain normally occurs in the middle of the arch or at its attachment site in the heel. Some common causes include:

  • Acute injury
  • Poor foot biomechanics and the foot rolling inwards
  • Poor footwear
  • Higher than average body weight

Common treatment options include:

Rest and reduced activity – As Plantar Fasciitis is considered an overuse condition it is recommended to undertake low levels of activity and rest as much as possible in order to allow the tissue to strengthen again.

Ice – By rolling a frozen 600ml disposable water bottle or tennis ball under the arch, this provides relief to the tissue by decreasing any inflammation and acting to massage the tissue also stimulating the healing process.

Low dye taping – This is a tapping technique that allows the arch to be supported when walking and is a good indicator that orthotics may be beneficial.

Orthotics – Orthotics improve foot biomechanics and movement during walking/running acting to limit the foot’s ability to over stretch through the arch.

Footwear – Try and wear good supportive runners as much as you can as this will give your foot the most amount of shock absorption and support a shoe can provide. Avoid thongs or sandals and going barefoot.