Plantar fasciitis is a condition causing heel pain. Supporting the arch, the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the ball of the foot, can become inflamed or can tear. You experience pain when you put weight on your foot—particularly when taking your first steps in the morning. The pain can be felt at the heel, or along the arch and the ball of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition. It occurs in as many as 9.6% of UK population and 10% of the population over their lifetimes.
Factors that contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis include:
Plantar fasciitis affects people of all ages, both athletes and non-athletes. Men and women have an equal chance of developing the condition.
Treatment generally reduces pain and restores your ability to put weight on your foot again.
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Plantar fasciitis is a condition causing heel pain. Supporting the arch, the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the ball of the foot, can become inflamed or can tear. The condition develops when repeated weight-bearing activities put a strain on the plantar fascia. People who are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis also may have heel spurs, a bony growth that forms on the heel bone. However, people with heel spurs may not experience pain.
Plantar fasciitis occurs most frequently in people in their 40s but can occur in all age groups.
The condition can develop in athletes who run a great deal and in non-athletes who are on their feet most of the day, such as police officers, cashiers, or restaurant workers.
The onset of symptoms of plantar fasciitis frequently occurs with a sudden increase in activity. You might feel a stabbing pain on the underside of your heel, and a sensation of tightness and/or tenderness along your arch.
People with plantar fasciitis may experience pain:
As your body warms up, your pain may actually decrease during the day but then worsen again toward the end of the day because of extended walking. Severe symptoms may cause you to limp.
Your physiotherapist at Alton Pain Clinic in Alton, Hampshire will take a medical history to make sure that you do not have other possible conditions that may be causing the pain. The physiotherapist’s diagnosis is based on your health and activity history and a clinical evaluation. Sharing information about the relationship of your symptoms to your work and recreation, and reporting any lifestyle changes, will help the physiotherapist diagnose your condition and tailor a treatment program for your specific needs.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, your therapist may conduct the following physical tests to see if symptoms occur:
Physiotherapists at Alton Pain Clinic in Alton, Hampshire will evaluate and treat plantar fasciitis.
When you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a program to decrease your symptoms that may include:
Research shows that most cases of plantar fasciitis improve over time with these conservative treatments, and surgery is rarely required.