Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain in the heel, across the sole of the foot and sometimes into the arch area of the foot too.

It is caused by swelling of the ‘plantar fascia’ ligament. This is a very important ligament, connecting the heel to the ball of the foot and playing a vital role in supporting the arch of your foot – taking the strain when you stand, walk or run.

The condition can affect anybody, but it is most common amongst people over the age of 40. Overusing this ligament is thought to be the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, along with being excessively overweight or having altered biomechanics e.g. people with flat feet or high arched feet or those with tight calves.

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Dealing with Plantar fasciitis

As with many other foot and ankle conditions, plantar fasciitis can be easily treated by you, at home.

Plantar fasciitis is an injury caused by overusing the ligament that attaches your heel to the ball of your foot, so the best way to deal with the condition is to rest, or at least make changes to the amount of activity you do.

However, completely avoiding putting weight on your foot is difficult. Day-to-day routines such as going to work and doing the daily chores means you need to use your feet. For this reason, the pain may take a while to fully resolve, but by initially reducing your activity levels and gradually increasing them as the condition improves, you can make a full recovery.

Low-dye taping and exercises designed specifically to target plantar fasciitis can also help.

 

Taping for Plantar Fasciitis

Low-dye taping is designed to offload the plantar fascia ligament. It is a short term treatment and the effects vary from patient to patient. However, as a general rule, you should leave the tape on for a maximum of three days, but some might find it needs to be replaced more frequently in order remain effective.

 

 

Please note -
These are general exercises, seek advice if you are unsure.

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