Having heel pain on rising in the morning or after a period of rest? Plantar Fasciitis heel pain will often improve with movement, however it is aggravated by long periods of weight bearing. Palpating the medial side of the calcaneus (heel bone) will reproduce pain. Often pulling the big toe back will also produce pain.
A Bit of Anatomy:
The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous connective tissue that arises from the calcaneus with multiple connections within the foot. The role of the plantar fascia is to support the arch of the foot.
How to Fix it:
First, you need to modify your current activities to reduce the load on the plantar Fascia. Sometimes adding a heel wedge or over the counter orthotics can help.
Secondly, stretch and massage the plantar fascia daily.
Third, use ice for heel pain relief.
Last, correct the risk factors that are in your control.
Limit the risk of re-injury by knowing the risk factors:
There are a number of factors that need to be looked at in order to limit risk of re-injury. They include:
- limited ankle range of motion
- short Achilles tendon
- over pronation
- weak intrinsic foot muscles and ankle plantar flexor muscles
- being overweight.
- Other factors that can increase your risk of injury which includes hard surface, prolonged weight bearing, poor footwear, poor lower limb biomechanics and inadequate stretching.
Realistically, you are looking at 6-8 weeks before you will see significant improvements in your heel pain.
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