Plantar Fasciitis

Well done! You’ve taken the first steps to understanding and rehabilitating your Plantar Fasciitis! Once you read this page answer the questions on the sheet given by your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia and bring that to your next treatment session. Recovery from your Plantar Fasciitis is crucial in order to achieve your goals and gain rapid and long-lasting results. Your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia has requested that you read this page so that you understand your condition and know how to best manage in between physiotherapy consultations.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The Plantar Fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the toes. The goal of the Plantar Fascia is to provide the foot with energy storage and propulsion through elasticity while walking or running, and passive arch support at all times. Plantar Fasciitis is the term that describes the Plantar Fascia becoming inflamed. This is the single most common cause of heel pain. Plantar Fasciitis can also result in mid foot pain on the sole of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis

What caused my Plantar Fasciitis?

The cause of Plantar Fasciitis is often difficult to pinpoint, as it rarely begins suddenly. Most often, Plantar Fasciitis is associated with impact or running activities, particularly if those activities involve sprinting and/or jumping (and landing on the feet). However, it is also commonly diagnosed in those with flat feet, high arches. This can often lead to pain with prolonged standing, or any activities involving walking, running or jumping. These are all considered traction injuries. Occasionally, the Plantar Fascia may be injured by a direct trauma, resulting in bruising to the area. This is considered a compression injury.

How can you help me with my Plantar Fasciitis?

A detailed history, taken by your Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician, of the pain or injury can help to diagnose the injury, while a physical assessment of the foot, ankle, knee and surrounding structures, can determine the specific structure and the best course of action in treating the condition. Treatment will involve a stretching and strengthening program for the appropriate muscles to allow for better support of the Plantar Fascia. Taping may be used initially to provide the foot with support, to reduce the risk of further injury, and provide some relief.

What should I do to avoid aggravating my Plantar Fascia?

  • AVOID activities that aggravate your pain until you have seen a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician.
  • AVOID running or high impact activities, and activities involving prolonged standing.
  • REMAIN ACTIVE, while avoiding aggravating activities.
  • For RELIEF, applying ice to the area may help to reduce some pain and inflammation. Be sure to wrap the icepack in a towel, and only apply for 10 minutes every 2 hours. CEASE use if you have any negative reaction.
  • For RELIEF, gentle massage of the soles of the feet can provide some relief.
  • RECEIVE physiotherapy care to get your joints, ligaments and muscles de-loaded and moving freely with no restrictions.
Keep good care of your body and your physiotherapist will continue to monitor your condition. Once your Plantar Fasciitis has resolved you will be able to resume your full activities without worrying about future flare-ups.  
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