What is it and what are the symptoms?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Around 1 in 10 people will be affected in their lives and it is more common in 40-60 year olds. It is twice as common in women as it is in men and is common in athletes.
Symptoms are pain most commonly felt in the heel and this can be felt anywhere on the underside of your heel. One area is often more prominent and more often the painful area will be located approximately 4cms forward from the heel.
Pain is commonly felt first thing in the morning on getting out of bed or when watching tv and getting up. Long periods of walking or standing will aggravate the condition further.
In some individuals pain can also be found in the mid foot region or across the top of the foot.
What are the causes?
It is caused by inflammation of the thick band of muscle that stretches from the heel to your middle foot bones. These muscles support the foot and act as a shock absorber for the foot.
Common causes are starting running, walking, standing for long periods when you are not used to it, changing running routines from soft surfaces to hard surfaces for example, weight gain, unsupportive footwear.
Prevention actions can include the following:
Regularly changing training shoes used for walking and running, wearing shoes with adequate cushioning and arch support, losing weight if you are overweight, regularly stretching both the plantar fascia and achilles tendon before exercising, avoid exercising on hard surfaces
What is the treatment?
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. You will be given a full and detailed explanation of the condition and an advice sheet will be given re exercises. The use of orthotics and insoles may be advised to assist where required.
How do I book an appointment?
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.