The plantar fascia is a strong fibrous band of tissue connecting our heel to our toes; providing static support and dynamic shock absorption to our lower limbs. However, when the forces through our lower limb become too much, fasciitis can develop.
Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and tenderness across the bottom of our foot; it affects approximately 2 million people every year. It is caused by repetitive stretching of the plantar fascia, resulting in pain and inflammation. The pain is often worse in the mornings and after long periods of sitting or standing.
This medical condition is often seen in runners and other sports which place a lot of stress through the heels e.g. ballet and dancing. It can also be caused by excessive over pronation, low or high arched feet as well as obesity. It most commonly affects people aged between 40 and 60 years, however, in some cases can be seen in the younger population.
At Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy, we provide soft tissue release and joint distraction, as well as stretches to the plantar fascia, achilles tendon and calf. We can assess your lower limb positioning and offer advice regarding orthotics to ensure a neutral foot position, helping to distribute forces more evenly through the foot.
We also offer strengthening programmes for lower leg muscles to help stabilise the ankle and foot. Our physiotherapists offer expert advice and education in order to help you self manage this condition at home, including ice, pain killers and simple exercises to progress through rehabilitation.