Assessment and Treatments
The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue which supports the arch from the heel to the toes on the sole (or plantar surface) of the foot.
How we help
Inflammation or microtears of this connective tissue causing a stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot near the heel is called plantar fasciitis. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is particularly prevalent in runners, those with high or low arches and in the 40-60 age range due to age-related loss of elasticity. It can also be exacerbated by weight gain. Pain often occurs after rest or first thing in the morning.
We will firstly look at your foot and lower limb and determine whether there are any biomechanical factors involved. If so, we will look to resolve these with functional orthoses. We will likely strap your foot to offload the affected structures and allow healing to occur. We will also give you some specific exercises to do at home.
A course of low level laser therapy or shockwave therapy will speed up the healing process. Alternatively a steroid injection may reduce the pain.