People often repulse at the term ‘plantar fasciitis.’ It is an understandable reaction if you have ever been unlucky enough to be diagnosed with the dreaded pathology. It is painful, persistent and will often inconvenience your life until treated.
Patients commonly experience pain after stepping out of the bed in the morning, pain in the heel in the evening, or if it is particularly bad pain ALL THE TIME. If you have recently started experiencing any of these symptoms, I recommend visiting a health care professional to set you up with a treatment plan because the sooner you start treatment the sooner the pain will resolve.
Heel pain can be difficult to treat because there are so many factors that can contribute to its development. Such factors include over-load, inappropriate footwear, a flexible pronated foot, aka flat foot, biomechanics and/or strength deficit.
Let’s talk over-load. When I refer to overload, I am talking about doing too much activity, too soon. Something we have seen a lot of during the COVID-19 lockdowns. If you increase your walking activity substantially without having adequate strength and recover timeframes, your soft tissue structures start to degenerate and become irritated. Load is something that will always need to be addressed when treating plantar heel pain.
Footwear! Boy is there an abundance of footwear we can choose from in this day and age. This is also a key feature in the treatment of heel pain. Unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all shoe that I can recommend. Footwear selection comes down to one’s biomechanics, strength and training experience. It is best you reach out to someone for a personalised assessment.
If you are concerned you are experiencing plantar fasciitis, please reach out to one of the clinical staff members at The Sports Injury Clinic so that we can point you in the right direction.