Plantar fasciitis and why it is so common!?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot problems seen in podiatry. It is a soft tissue injury of the plantar fascia located in the heel and under the arch.

Why is it so common?

It’s easy to forget that the feet take the load of our entire body, so no wonder plantar fasciitis is such a common injury! Our feet take a lot of load and the plantar fascia is responsible for helping to support our arch in day to day living and activities. When these factors are combined with poor biomechanics, poor footwear, high impact sports, poor muscle conditioning/muscle tightness or being overweight, it is no wonder how easy it can be to suffer from this injury!

Why does it occur?

Plantar fasciitis can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Poor biomechanics: if the feet are not moving correctly, it can lead to excess loading/pressure/pulling on the structures in the feet, particularly the plantar fascia.

  • Poor footwear/support: footwear such as thongs or flat/poorly made shoes can promote incorrect biomechanics and again put excessive pressure and strain on the feet

  • High impact sports/activities: sudden and high load can put excessive pressure and strain on the plantar fascia which is why it is so important to train and build upon exercises so your soft tissue structures can adapt and take the load required of them.

  • Muscle tightness or poor muscle conditioning: can lead to tension and strain within the soft tissue structures of the feet and prevent poor recovery post-

  • Being overweight: puts additional load through your feet and can lead to further injury.

What can you do to prevent it when exercising or getting into exercise?

  • Supportive footwear: wearing shoes that suit your feet and the activity you are performing!

  • Stretching: reducing muscle stiffness and improving recovery

  • Load tolerance: building up your strength and resistance gradually will help you avoid injuries from over-training

  • Seeking a professional opinion if your body isn’t feeling quite right!

What can a podiatrist do to help?

  1. Taping

  2. Plantar fasciitis socks

  3. Ultrasound/shockwave therapy

  4. Dry needling:

  5. Stretching/massage exercises

  6. Orthotic therapy

  7. Rehab program

If you or a friend is in need of assistance with plantar fasciitis, or any injury, soft tissue, or Podiatry or Chiro related issue, then Foot Body Sole is equipped to start your road to recovery.

Contact us now on 1800 778 316


Foot Body Sole:

82 Bridport st, Albert Park, VIC

1800 778 316

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