Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
We treat heel pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis through a variety of evidence based treatments in Newcastle.
Fitness Physiotherapy in Newcastle treat plantar fasciitis with evidence based treatments for pain relief and return to sport and daily activities. Evidence based treatments have been shown to be effective through clinical research, giving people a successful return to sport and life.
Plantar fascia anatomy
The plantar fascia is connective tissue that joins the main heel bone (calcaneus) to the long bones of the foot (metatarsals).
In theory, it supports the long arch of the foot and helps transfer the forces of the foot to push off from your forefoot.
How is it injured?
The plantar fascia can become strained and inflammed when the forces exerted outweigh what the tissue is able to manage.
Commonly the pain is at the heel but can extend along the length of the fascia.
Some common reasons for why the plantar fascia is more likely to be injured can include:
- a flat foot or what we can pronated foot
- weak muscles that support the arch of the foot
- sharp increases in activities
- inappropriate exercises and exercise program
How do you treat Planter fasciitis?
- The research around plantar fasciitis indicates that a graded exercise program gives long term relief of pain and improved function.
- Getting the right balance in managing the stress to the plantar fascia by understanding what sorts of activity modifications are required is also important to help settle the pain.
- There is evidence that the use of generic arch supports can improve the condition. Read more
- A stretching and strengthening exercise routine are equally as effective over a 12 week program.
- Cortisone and shockwave therapy have no conclusive data that they are more effective in treating plantar fasciitis.