Raasay Waters Sports Therapy Cape Town

Plantarfasciitis

Plantarfasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (also known as plantar fasciopathy or jogger's heel) is a common painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot. It is a disorder of the insertion site of the ligament on the bone and is characterized by scarring, inflammation or structural breakdown of the foot's plantar fascia. It is often caused by overuse injury of the plantar fascia, increases in exercise or mileage, change of shoes, running on cambered surfaces, and is much more prevalent in individuals with excessive inward rolling of the foot, which is seen with flat feet.

Though plantarfasciitis was originally thought to be an inflammatory process, newer studies have demonstrated structural changes more consistent with a degenerative process.

If you think you might have plantarfasciitis you will get sharp pain which is usually unilateral (70% of cases). Heel pain worsens by bearing weight on the heel after long periods of rest. Individuals with plantarfasciitis often report their symptoms are most intense during their first steps after getting out of bed or after prolonged periods of sitting. Improvement of symptoms is usually seen with continued walking. Rare, but reported symptoms include numbness, tingling , swelling or radiating pain.

Moving on to the treatment of Plantarfasciitis. The first treatment I would use is massage combined with stretching exercises to release the tight fascia at the bottom of the foot and to improve the range of movement and flexibility.

Strengthening exercises for the calf muscles, achilles and plantarfascia is extremely beneficial, once the pain and swelling has subsided.

We offer treatment for plantarfasciitis in Cape Town