Do You Get Heel Pain? You Might Have This!
Plantar fasciitis is the number one cause of heel pain.
What is the Plantar Fascia?
The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue originating from the heel bone and attaching at the toes.
What does the Plantar Fascia do?
- Supports the arch of your foot
- Acts as our natural shock-absorbing mechanism
- Plays an important role in the dynamic function during walking/running
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
“Plantar” = Bottom surface of your foot
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia.
How does Plantar Fasciitis occur?
Unlike muscle tissue, the plantar fascia is not very elastic therefore it is very limited in its capacity to stretch or elongate. When too much stress is placed on the plantar fascia, micro-tearing will occur, resulting in inflammation and pain.
- First steps in the morning
- Typically warms up with movement
- Sharp pain at the heels or pain along the plantar fascia
- Pain in flat shoes
Could it be anything else?
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendonitis
- Sever’s disease
These are just some of the reasons as to why you are experiencing heel pain. Come and visit one of our friendly podiatrists at Podiatry HQ South Melbourne for a full assessment and treatment regime. We will be sure to get you on the road to recovery!
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