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What's Plantar Fasciitis?

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

Plantar fasciitis is a common disorder that results in severe heel pain. It involves inflammation of the thick band of fibrous tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot known as the Plantar Fascia, this connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). The pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. Pain is also frequently brought on by dorsiflexion and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon. The condition typically comes on slowly. In around a third of people both legs are affected.



Why does Plantar Fasciitis occur? When the tendon has been over exerted due to exercise or long periods on your feet, this can create small tears within in the fascia. Repeated stretching and tearing can aggravate the fascia and in some cases cause the formation of scar tissue, reducing the flexibility of the tendon.



Plantar fasciitis feels like a sharp pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps in the morning, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or after sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise.




How do you diagnose Plantar Fasciitis ?

Firstly, we assess the signs and symptoms. An X-ray, Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound, and in some cases an MRI would be required to confirm condition. Our specialists provide a fast diagnosis and easy access to appointments.



Recommended treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (non invasive and preferred method of treatment)

  • Steroid injections

  • Medication

  • Orthotics

  • Physiotherapy


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