Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain underneath the heel when you walk. It effects people of all ages including athletes and those that are on their feet for long periods of time.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The Plantar Fascia is a band of connective that runs along the sole of the foot from the heel bone (calcaneus) to the ball of the foot. It’s main roles are to support the foot arch, enable the foot to push off from the ground, keep bones and joints in position and absorb the pain we place on our feet.
Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the Plantar Fascia is placed under too much stress, bruised or overstretched, causing inflammation or damage to the tissue. This results in common symptoms such as heel pain, dull aches or stiffness in the foot.
- Flat feet or high arch
- Unsupportive shoes
- Extensive running
- Excessive walking or standing on hard surfaces
- Tight calf or Achilles Tendon
- Weight gain and ageing