Plantar Fasciitis refers to inflammation within and irritation to the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar Fascia is a band of connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is a common problem that people experience, and may affect three in five people over the course of their lives.
Plantar Fasciitis is felt in one or both of the feet, though you may feel the pain in the calf, the front of the lower leg, or in the toes if there is inflammation or involvement of the nerves of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis may last from weeks to months depending on the nature of the pain, the cause, the progression, and the speed with which treatment is sought.
Planar Fasciitis is caused by irritation of the Plantar Fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue that extends along the sole of the foot before inserting at the base of the toes, and supports the arch of the foot The specific cause of the pain depends on many factors like the age of the person experiencing the pain, their occupation, whether the pain was caused by an accident or started rapidly, as well as other variables.
Management of Plantar Fasciitis depends on the cause of the pain, how it feels and changes over the day, what makes it better or worse, and the length of time you have been experiencing the pain. All of these factors will be addressed in your initial assessment, which is the first step towards minimising and managing any pain or discomfort. The treatment you receive will be tailored to address the specific cause of your Plantar Fasciitis, and will focus on minimising pain, maximising your ability to move pain free, and developing a plan to minimise the risk of a flare-up in the future.
At Atlas Physio, we will provide you with education, structured management, and ongoing monitoring of your pain both in and out of the clinic. Contact us to arrange an assessment, and to take the first step on a course of corrective care today.