Plantar Fasciitis (fass-e-i-tus) is probably the most frequent cause of heel pain in adults. It usually develops gradually but can appear suddenly, usually as a result of some form of trauma such as stepping awkwardly or on a sharp object. It is usually worse first thing in the morning or after cooling down after physical activity.
The Plantar Fascia is a fibrous band that runs from your heel bone (cal-cane-e-us) to the webbing at your toes. It acts as an elastic band to support the arch of the foot and help facilitate proper foot motion. Inflammation of the fascia or its attachments can occur if the fascia has been placed under significant stress from one or more of the following reasons;
- increased weight
- repetitive stress/strain
- excessive pronation (feet that roll in too much)
- incorrect/ unsupportive footwear
Main contributing factors
- Female more than male
- High impact activities or increased activity levels
- Over 40 years
Podiatric treatment of plantar faciitis can help to reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include Changes in footwear, padding, strapping, physical therapies and orthotics.