A study conducted in Australia showed that 66 percent of people included in the study suffered from foot pain. One of the most common areas of the foot to suffer pain is the heel. I am sure that you are familiar with the term Plantar Fasciitis? Most of us have all had a friend, family member or colleague suffer from this condition.
Heel spurs are rarely the causes of heel pain but allow Podiatrists to understand a little bit more about how your foot functions. When something pulls on bone, the bone will grow. This is exactly what is happening in the case of a heel spur. This new growth of bone rarely causes pain but we can see that there abnormal forces going through your feet!
Where does the name come from?
The plantar fascia is a thickened band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, starting at the heel bone and heading towards the toes. When we see Itis after a word it means inflammation. So Plantar Fasciitis means inflammation of the Plantar Fascia.
Why causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Research has found numerous causes of Plantar Fasciitis such as:
- Poor biomechanics ( rolling in excessively, High arches, Low arches etc.)
- Poor Footwear
- Changes in weight
- Changes in exercise intensity
- Changes in exercises regularity
- Tight Calf muscles
How do we treat Plantar Fasciitis?
The key for treating plantar fasciitis is determining the cause and fixing the root problem. This is why you can hear varying stories from friends/family/colleagues about their Plantar Fasciitis treatment. Everyone’s treatment plan can be significantly different. The key is early treatment! Plantar Fasciitis becomes more difficult to treat the longer you have the condition. The good news is that with our individually tailored treatment plans you will be seeing significant results quite quickly.