Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. “itis” means “inflammation of”, therefore the word fasciitis means “inflammation of the fascia”.
The plantar fascia attaches at the calcaneus (heel) and connects to each metatarsal (toes).
Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. This hideous pain is usually the worst with the first few steps in the morning, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing. For some, it is described as functionally troublesome as it affects their every day, including work and sport.
Physiotherapy can help to treat plantar fasciitis through providing manual therapy to the treatment area and surrounding tissues. The foot relies on a complex system of muscles – referred to as the foot intrinsic muscles – to provide support and postural stability of the arch. Physiotherapy can also prescribing exercises that strengthen the intrinsic muscles of the foot and the muscles in the lower leg, which stabilize you ankle and heel. Conservative treatments including resting, icing, taping, and stretching can also be helpful for treating plantar fasciitis.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have any other questions or concerns with the treatment of plantar fasciitis; please call our clinic at (306) 955-5050 to book an appointment.