Plantar fasciitis (more accurately called “Plantar fasciosis”) is a degenerative condition of the plantar fascia (cord like structure which attaches to the heel bone and fans out towards your toes) and commonly presents as pain in the heel, first thing in the morning, or after rest.
It is the most common complaint we see as Podiatrists, with statistics saying as many as 1 in 10 people will suffer with this problem once in their lifetime.
Common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- Poor footwear
- Flat feet
- Excessively high arches
- Achilles/Calf tightness
- Sudden increase in activity
- Weight gain
- Long periods of standing on hard surfaces
Plantar fasciitis can sometimes take up to 12 months to resolve, and it is common for people to re-develop the injury again. the sooner treatment is sought for this injury, often the quicker it will heal.
A Podiatrist will help to treat the injury, to reduce the pain, as well as long term management to try and prevent re-occurrence of the injury. We not only treat the symptoms but address the causative factors behind why the condition developed in the first place.