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Plantar Fasciitis


What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition causing heel pain and in some people heel spurs.

The pain usually is felt on the underside of the heel, and is often most intense with the first steps when getting out of bed in the morning. It is commonly associated with long periods of weight bearing or sudden changes in weight bearing or activity.

Plantar Fasciitis is presented by a sharp stabbing pain at the bottom or front of the heel bone. In most cases, heel pain is more severe following periods of inactivity when getting up and then subsides, turning into a dull ache.

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by abnormal pronation of the foot. Contributing factors are obesity, weight gain, jobs that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces, badly worn shoes with little support, and also inactivity.

As a result of over-pronation, with every step the Plantar Fascia (band of tissue under the foot) is being stretched, resulting in inflammation, irritation and pain at the attachment of the fascia into the heel bone. In some cases the pain is felt under the foot, in the arch.

Continuous pulling of the fascia at the heel bone, eventually may lead to the development of bony growth on the heel. This is called a Heel Spur.

How can orthotics help?

If treated early (i.e. within 3-4 months of the onset of heel pain) Plantar Fasciitis can be treated effectively by wearing orthotics.