Plantar Fascitis Exercises
What is Plantar Fascitis?
Plantar Fascitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a section of tissue which is thick and strong that runs along the bottom of the foot. This attaches the heel bone to the toes forming the arch of the foot.
Plantar Fascitis is caused by over stretching, over use or medical conditions can also contribute to this. It is a very common problem for people and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.
The pain associated with Plantar Fascitis generally occurs under the heel and can also radiate into the sole of the foot. It can be a burning or aching sensation and swelling around the heel may be present. Typically the pain is worse first thing in the morning, after prolonged standing and strenuous exercise.
To find out if Plantar Fascitis is present a Podiatrist or Physiotherapist will need to do a consultation which will include verbal questions and a physical examination to distinguish if Plantar Fascitis is the concern. Once it has been identified a number of treatments will be given to help decrease the pain.
There are a variety of treatments prescribed for Plantar Fascitis including:
- Stretching exercises
- Pain relief
- Ice packs
- Supportive shoes with extra cushioning