Plantar fasciitis also goes by the names plantar fasciiopathy and plantar heel pain, but it doesn't really matter what you call it, it is pain on the underside of the foot near the heel bone, and it can be really quite painful.
Plantar fasciitis is a disorder of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a strong tissue composed of collagen and elastin, and its purpose is to help distribute loads through the foot during weightbearing activities - i.e walking and running.
The plantar fascia starts at the heel bone, and eventually spreads out attaching to each of the toes. It essentially covers the sole of the foot. The main site of pain in plantar fasciitis is where the fascia attaches to the heel bone. The causes of plantar fasciitis are not fully understood, but there are certain risk factors that may make someone more susceptible -
increased Body Mass Index (BMI)
high foot arches
jobs in certain careers
Plantar fasciitis presents as a sharp pain or ache on the underside of the heel - a common description is that it can feel like a stone in your shoe. Symptoms are often worse on waking, and can ease within a few minutes of getting up, however prolonged walking or standing can exacerbate symptoms.
Treatments available at Delta include manual therapy, soft tissue mobilisations, injections, electrotherapy, acupuncture, advice/education, home exercises and self management techniques. It may be beneficial to see a podiatrist for an assessment as well, as orthotics can help with reducing pain. Here at Delta we have excellent relationships with podiatrists in the Greater Manchester area.
Contact us for further information on how we can help with plantar fasciitis.
*The information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice and we advise people to seek help for any complaint from one of our physiotherapists or other suitably qualified clinician.