What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis refers to the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Normally these ligaments act as shock absorbers supporting the arch of the foot.

Too much pressure on your feet can cause inflammation, heel pain and stiffness.

Causes include:

– Playing sports that puts stress on the heel bone like running, dance and aerobics

– Flat feet or high arches

– Middle age

– Overweight

– Pregnancy

– Prolonged time on feet

Symptoms include:

– Pain under heel  (may be dull or sharp) and at times can feel like a knife sticking into the foot

– Often worse first thing in the morning or after prolonged sitting

– After prolonged standing or sitting

3 Tips to help plantar fasciitis

1. Stretching and rolling feet out

Roll your foot on a tennis or golf ball. If the pain is intense then try filling up a plastic water bottle with water then freeze it. Once frozen, then use this to roll your foot on. Complete this stretch 4-5 times daily for 15 minutes.

2. Orthotics to help arches and create more support for the feet

3. Rest

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If your pain does not ease, then please give us a call for one of our chiropractors to assess the biomechanics of your feet or for our remedial massage therapist to work on the plantar fascia, foot and lower leg muscles.

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