Part 1 | Plantar fasciitis Blog Series – Part 1 | Wimbledon | MaidenheadSouth West Podiatry
Plantar fasciitis – Stretches
Plantar fasciitis is a common and debilitating condition. South West Podiatry are committed to helping more people and dedicating our time to education and promoting foot health. In this series of blogs, we discuss one of the most common form of foot pain for the general population and over the next few weeks we will discuss the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis. It has been reported that up to 20 % of the population within the UK will suffer from symptoms of plantar fasciitis. This is generally of varying degrees and plantar fasciitis can be one of the most debilitating conditions of the foot and ankle.
The most common cause of plantar heel pain ( fasciitis/fasciopathy ) relates to faulty structure of the foot and overuse. For example, people who have problems with their arches, either flexible overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to developing plantar heel pain. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet. Obesity may also contribute to plantar fasciitis. It is also a very common running and sporting injury.
- Pain on the bottom of the heel.
- Pain in the arch of the foot.
Pain the is worse in the morning.
Pain that increases over a period of time.
Symptoms are often described as painful when you get up in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. After a few minutes of walking the pain decreases, because walking stretches the fascia. For some people the pain subsides but returns after spending long periods of time on their feet.
Evidence points towards a tight / short calf complex being responsible for the cause of plantar fasciitis in 50 % of cases. Here is an example of an exercise which your podiatrist may give you to manage your condition: