Signs & Symptoms
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that affects the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue under the arch of your foot. The plantar fascia is important for supporting your foot and providing shock absorption during walking and other weight-bearing activities. Factors that may increase your chance of developing plantar fasciitis include overuse through activities such as running or dancing, unsupportive footwear, flat feet or high arches, tight muscles, a change in activity levels or obesity.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a gradual-onset of foot or heel pain which is usually worse in the morning or when walking after a period of rest. There may also be tenderness along the arch or heel of the foot.
Our Treatment & Expertise
At Bray Physiotherapy, your initial appointment will include a detailed biomechanical assessment of the joints in the foot and ankle. Your treatment will include manual therapy such as deep tissue massage to loosen tight muscles, cryotherapy/ice, taping, electrotherapy and/or acupuncture to manage pain and reduce swelling. You will also be given advice on whether to avoid certain activities until your symptoms have improved. Your physiotherapist will prescribe a specific exercise programme of stretching and strengthening exercises to correct faulty biomechanics of the foot and ankle. You may also be advised on appropriate footwear and/or prescribed orthotics to correct foot mechanics.