Do you experience pain in your heel or the arch of your foot? This is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis refers to degradation of the connective tissue that forms the arch of your foot.
What Does Plantar Fasciitis Feel Like?
If you have plantar fasciitis you may experience some or all of the following:
-Heel and inner arch pain. It usually feels like a sharp or stabbing pain
-Pain that occurs after jumping, prolonged standing, walking, or running
-Pain can also be felt after resting for a long period of time, such as first thing in the morning as you place your foot on the ground, or when getting out of your chair after a long day behind the computer, or when stepping out of the car after a long drive
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Some factors that can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:
-Walking on uneven surfaces
-Jobs involving standing for long periods of time
-Weight gain and obesity
-Structural abnormalities e.g. flat feet
-Sudden change in activity e.g. suddenly increasing the duration of your run without gradually building up
How Can Your Osteopath Help?
Your Osteopath will first do a thorough assessment to determine what is most likely causing your pain, as there are multiple issues that can cause pain in your foot.
Your Osteopath may use techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, cupping, or needling. They may give you advice on how to modify any activities and show you exercises to improve flexibility and strength, which can assist with relieving the pain, and prevent it from occurring again.
Your Osteopath may also recommend other health professionals that could help with your plantar fasciitis, such as a Podiatrist.
Do you have foot pain that is getting in the way of your daily activities? Our practitioners at take2health would love to help you get back to what you enjoy doing. To make an appointment, book online, or give us a call on 9363 4100.