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What is plantar fasciitis?

19 Apr 2016 2:51 PM -

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by excessive strain on the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs under the arch of the foot). Strain mostly occurs around its attachment site in the heel. Some common causes can be:

- Excessive weight
- Poor foot function or excess foot pronation
- Poor footwear
- Acute injury

The most effective solution to Plantar Fasciitis is to treat the cause of the problem i.e. by correcting abnormal foot mechanics with orthotic insoles.

Orthotics control over-pronation and support the arches. They help release the tension on the plantar fascia, thereby treating the cause of the problem and allowing the inflamed tissue to heal much faster.

Podiatrists offer specific advice regarding the various orthotic options available and what is most appropriate for each individual. 

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Other treatment methods may include:

Ice: Applied onto the heel area as advised by your Podiatrist.

Rest and reduced activity: If not enforced the continuous pulling and stress to the fascia will lead to aggravation of the condition and may lead to the development of a bony growth on the heel (a heel spur).

A program of daily exercises: The exercises help make the muscles and tendons in the feet and legs longer and more flexible. In turn this will reduce the tension on the plantar fascia.

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S-T-R-E-T-C-H of the month
Plantar Facia Stretch
1. Ensure your feet are facing forwards, your heel is on the ground, and your back knee is straight.
2. Hold each stretch for approximately 1 minute
3. Repeat these stretches 3 times on each leg
4. Do not bounce, hold a comfortable stretch