Plantar Fasciitis

Let's get you back on your feet!
Our feet are the first point of contact with the ground when we walk or run. They require strong muscles and tendons to absorb load safely and pain-free. The plantar fascia is a web-like structure located at the base of the foot (see diagram to the right). When the foot's muscles and tendons aren't strong or fit enough to endure the load and forces we place them under, the plantar fascia is forced to work extra hard!

Pain normally originates at the underside of the arch or heel and can be worse in the morning. In more severe cases, the pain can be present by simply weight-bearing or standing on your feet. By not scaling activity back, the fascia will continue to be under strain, worsening the pain.

During the acute or early phase of plantar fascia pain, Target Physio Physiotherapists combine joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage and taping techniques whilst allowing the symptoms to settle. As treatment progresses and symptoms improve, tailored strengthening exercises become part of an individualised management plan. Our individual management plans are prescribed to progress you through your treatment, returning you to your desired activity or goal.

To avoid overloading your plantar fascia it's important to gradually build your training or activity regime. Keep your load increases to no more than 30% per week to allow your tissues to adapt and strengthen. It's vital to include strength work in your regime too! Click on the links below to watch our recommended exercises to strengthen the supportive structures of the foot.

If you're struggling with plantar fasciitis or other foot related pain and would like a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan for your condition, click here or phone 32025216 to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists at a time convenient for you.
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