Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel and arch pain. The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue originating in the heel bone and extending along the sole of the foot towards your toes. It acts to support the arch of your foot and also as a spring to help us push off the foot. When your plantar fascia develops micro tears or becomes thickened and inflamed, it is known as plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis generally occurs as a result of increased loads placed on the foot. Starting a new activity or just increasing the amount of your current activities may be enough to create symptoms. Poor biomechanics that increase the load on the plantar fascia is another cause. Symptoms vary in intensity, but can be quite debilitating, and are generally worse first thing in the morning and after prolonged weightbearing. Treatment follows three phases
Occasionally additional intervention in the form of a steroid injection may be required to assist you through the three phases of management. Your physiotherapist will guide you through the decision making process regarding this.