Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot problem for many people, especially those who are highly active. It is described as an inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a thick non-elastic band of fibrous tissue that runs from all five toes and attaches onto the heel bone. It is responsible for maintaining the arch of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis usually occurs with repetitive stress on the attachment of the plantar fascia. It may occur at its connection to the heel bone, the midsole or the toes. As stress is applied, the fascia tears from its weakest point, causing microtears - causing inflammation and as a result, pain.

• Rest as much as possible and stop any unnecessary activities
• A taping techique can help the foot get the rest it needs by supporting the plantar fascia
• Apply ice or cold therapy to help reduce pain and inflammation
• Custom made orthotics may be required to correct the alignment of your foot
• Anit-inflammatory medication may be prescribed
• Laser therapy may be used to reduce inflamation and break up any scarring that may occur
• A cortisone injection can be beneficial if pain continues