The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot which runs from the heel to the base of the toes. When placed under too much stress, the plantar fascia stretches too far and frays, or tears, resulting in inflammation of the fascia and the surrounding tissues [Plantar Fasciitis], foot pain and heel pain.
If the injury becomes severe, this debilitating heel pain is usually worse first thing in the morning. With patients complaining that they don’t want to get out of bed and put there feet on the floor, because this is the worst pain of the day. After a few minutes it eases as the foot gets warmed up, but can get worse again during the day especially if walking a lot. If the foot over pronates or is too stiff then they may be prone to this injury. As the foot rolls in, the arch ligament is stretched more, putting more strain on it.
Custom orthotics are recommended to remove the constant strain on this tissue (see biomechanics page). Standard orthotics can provide cushioning when you walk. A custom orthotic is measured to match and support your foot structure when weight bearing. With the correct pressure on the right part of the foot, the plantar fascia will be supported and less chance of further injury.
Heel pain or heel spur
The Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
1. Get your foot alignment checked.
2. Get your foot alignment corrected.
3. Get your heel and arch correctly supported.
4. Custom orthotics can be made while you are weight bearing, Standing on your feet. Padding and pressure can be made into the orthotics to provide the necessary support to alleviate the pain.
5. Become pain free, upright and mobile.
6. Ask for a call back and talk to Neil. Use the form on the right.