Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick piece of connective tissue that runs from the heel bone to the metatarsal heads. It can become very tight and inflamed and can cause pain into the heel.

The symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include:

  • A stabbing pain into the heel when you first get up in the morning
  • Increased pain after exercise
  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • A swollen heel
  • Continuous pain for months
  • A tight Achilles tendon

Common causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The most common causes of Plantar Fasciitis are:

  • Standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Regular running, ballet dancing and aerobic dance can contribute to Plantar Fasciitis
  • Being overweight can add additional strain
  • Unsupportive or ill-fitting footwear

Recommended Treatment

  • Visit our Clinics: One of our qualified Foot Health Practitioners or Podiatrist can assess the seriousness of the condition. They can offer stretches to help relive the pain, offer advice on footwear, or prescribe an orthotic insole to relieve shock into the heel.
  • Footwear AssessmentIf you are feeling pain or discomfort in your heel, there is a very high chance that your footwear may not fit correctly. Our qualified shoe fitters can make sure that your footwear fits properly.