One of the most common types of Heel Pain is Plantar Fasciitis, which affects 1 in 10 people over the age of 50. It is painful and life debilitating and most of the advice online is poor, counter-productive and outdated.
The Plantar Fascia is a band of connective tissue that connects the bottom of your heel to beneath your toes. It’s function is to try and maintain a relatively neutral arch profile as we walk, however, in modern times on modern surfaces(hard and flat), our feet are prone to flattening. This flattening causes elongation of the foot, in other words it stretches out the plantar fascia significantly more than it is designed for. Tiny little micro tears occur, the area becomes inflamed and it gets sore. So, why doesn’t it just heal?
The plantar fascia has a reduced blood supply in comparison to other body parts, this reduced blood supply coupled with not preventing it from overstretching can lead to this condition becoming chronic.
Plantar Fasciitis usually requires a combination of treatments which may include Orthotic prescription and Shockwave Therapy as well as a thorough assessment of the patient’s footwear…!