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Plantar Fasciitis

Your plantar fascia is like a web like structure that runs at the bottom of your foot from the front of your foot all the way to your heel. It helps to absorb the shock and support the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitisis the inflammation of your plantar fascia and it can become quite painful! It can feel like you’re stepping on thumb tacks or just be a constant dull ache. Most cases of planar fasciitis can resolve itself within 2 months but some can last much longer which may lead to surgery.


WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

There’s no real cause for plantar fasciitis but there are many risk factors which include:
-         Being overweight - Carrying extra weight can increase the strain on your plantar fascia
-         Pregnancy – In any normal pregnancy, weight gain is normal but the extra weight will also put            more strain on your plantar fascia. Swelling at the feet may also lead to inflammation
-         Being on your feet for extended periods of time - If you have a job that requires you to walk            around or stand on hard surfaces then you are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. This is            also common in people who play excessive sports or run on hard surfaces
-         Diabetes – Your feet are at risk because diabetes can cause damage to the nerves in your feet,            blood circulation and infection  

How can an EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST help?

We can help relieve some of the referred pain that you get from plantar fasciitis. Even though the pain originates in your foot, it starts to affect other parts of your body. Just think, you have pain in your foot and it hurts to walk so you start to change your gait to compensate for the pain, your calf muscle starts to hurt more because of it, then your opposite knee and hip starts to get sore because it’s been carrying more weight and you’re leaning over to one side and now your back is starting to hurt.

We want to get to you before it starts to affect your other muscles and joints. There are many stretches and strengthening exercises that we can show you to help relieve the pain and hopefully treat the inflammation. Icing the foot can also help in conjunction with exercise along with wearing supportive shoes.

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Call us on 1300 869 169 or come in to visit us at one of our facilities and we can help you!

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