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Plantar Fasciitis

Updated: Oct 17, 2023


Plantar Fasciitis is a broad term for pain that is experienced on the plantar aspect (underside) of the foot, usually near the heel.


Once PF sets in, there is no quick fix. If you are diligent with your self-management at home, you will very likely see some big improvements in your pain levels, moving to pain free status before you know it.


Prevention is better than cure so taking steps towards making your feet strong and mobile is setting yourself up for a win.


Symptoms: Pain on your first steps out of bed in the morning or when you stand after a period of rest. Pain can be dull, like a bruised feeling or a sharp, stabbing sensation. Causes will vary, therefore aggravating factors will as well. Commonly, aggravating factors can include prolonged periods standing in unsuitable footwear, some types of exercise, poor foot biomechanics and leg tension. Occupation, age and activity levels can all have an impact on your susceptibility to Plantar Fasciitis.


Treatment:

Hands on treatment may include myofascial release, dry needling, massage, mobilisation, cupping and stretching. Commonly, the foot itself will be treated as well as the muscles of the lower leg.


Your Myotherapist may conduct physical assessments to determine if you have any muscular imbalances or postural issues (yes, foot posture is real!) that are contributing to your condition and stalling your recovery. They can then use this information to create a manageable exercise plan for you to do to help you rehabilitate and also prevent recurrence. If you are diligent with your self-management at home, you will very likely see some big improvements in your pain levels, moving to pain free status before you know it.