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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Did you know that Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of chronic heel pain in Australia?

Plantar Fasciitis is characterised by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes and supports the arch of your foot.  Active men and women between the ages of 40 and 70 are at the highest risk for developing plantar fasciitis.


Fun Fact!

Plantar fasciitis is sometimes called policeman's heel 👮‍♀️


Cause of Plantar Fasciitis

• Foot arch problems (high arches or flat feet)

• Wearing shoes with poor arch support and soft soles

• Standing for long periods

• Tights Achilles tendon

• Running or other high impact sports

• Overweight or pregnant


Your plantar fascia experiences a lot of wear and tear in your daily life. Too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments.  The major complaint of those with plantar fasciitis is pain at the bottom of the heel or sometimes at the bottom mid-foot area.


Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include:

• Pain and stiffness in the heel

• Sharp, stabbing foot pain after physical activity

• Can occur in one or both feet

• Pain is usually worse in the morning when first getting up in the morning.



Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis:

Initial treatment such as rest, icing and anti-inflammatory medications are beneficial to help in reducing inflammation and pain.


Osteopathy, Myotherapy or Massage therapy is crucial to be able to assess and then determine the cause, applying specific treatment to assist in the healing of the plantar fascia and going through exercises that will help to stretch your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and strengthen your calf muscles to assist in recovery.


Check in with our team at Complete Care Osteo in Lilydale to see how we can assist you!


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Ph: (03) 7036 6525


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