plantar faciitis

The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue anchoring from the heel all the way up along the arch into the toe joints. It is an extremely important structure involved in support and propulsion of the foot.

The plantar fascia commonly becomes inflamed and painful – a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is often due to the repetitive strain, called micro-trauma, carried by this tissue over a period of time.

Long term, the plantar fascia degenerates, thickens, weakens and can become calcified. This demonstrates that plantar fasciitis can be a degenerative condition of the plantar fascia – this we call plantar fasciosis. Heel spurs are common and occur where calcification occurs at the insertion of the plantar fascia to the heel bone.

Our treatments are targeted and include therapies such as ultrasound or laser therapy, taping techniques, night splinting, injections (such as cortisone), mobilization or ESWT (shock-wave therapy).

We also aim to improve the way in which the foot structure and the plantar fascia tissue is loaded during daily activity. This is achieved through special exercises and foot orthotics: specialized insoles that foot specialists/chiropodists often prescribe often as a key component in the treatment of this condition.

Because plantar fasciitis is known to worsen over time, it is recommended that you meet with us as soon as possible for a proper assessment and advised treatment plan. Call us to book now.

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