Conditions We Treat

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a chronic condition which occurs in a structure known as the Plantar Fascia due to overuse and inflammation. Plantar Fasciitis is often felt in the morning when taking the first couple of steps of the day and at the end of a long day when resting. Plantar Fascia is a long, thick and strong ligament that originates from the lower part of the calf muscles (Gastrocnemius and Soleus) and runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel (calcaneus bone) to the front of the foot to act as a shock absorber and supports the arch of the foot.

 

Cause:

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain which develops gradually over time making it a chronic injury due to overuse.  There are many factors  which contribute to Plantar Fasciitis including

  • Poor gait (walking pattern)
  • Standing up and walking around for a long period of time
  • Being flat-footed or having high arches

Plantar Fasciitis is often the result of tight calf muscles which are the Gastrocnemius and Soleus. When these two muscles are tight, they can pull on the Plantar Fascia which closes the space in the heel joint (talocalcaneal joint). This then changes the function of the joint or the gait and gradually puts more pressure on the Plantar Fascia causing pain. Therefore, to treat Plantar Fasciitis these muscles must be assessed and treated to open the joint space to restore appropriate gait and range of motion.

Symptoms

  •  Dull or sharp pain in the heel of the foot (often in one heel but sometimes both)
  • Burning ache felt at the bottom of the foot

Here at Myofitness, we can treat Plantar Fasciitis and give you a treatment plan that is specific to you because no two people are the same. To successfully treat Plantar fasciitis a combination of hands-on treatment and corrective exercises which we will give you based on what stage your Plantar Fasciitis is at.

Plantar Fasciitis can cause chronic pain and it can be very debilitating. No one should ever deal with chronic pain on their own. 

 

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