The Plantar Fascia is the thick connective tissue which supports the arch on the bottom of the foot—connecting the heel bone to your toes. The Plantar Fascia ensures that you can push off with power and jump. The tissue is tightened at every step and must cope with every step we take. Fasciitis Plantaris is the non-bacterial inflammation of the Plantar Fascia, which involves small cracks that occur in the tissue at the level of the attachment with the heel bone. It is caused by overload.

What Are the Symptoms of Fasciitis Plantaris?

Plantar Fasciitis is characterized by severe, persistent pain under the heel. The pain can spread to the sole of the foot. Usually the pain decreases as you are moving around for a while, but will gradually increase if it is not treated in a timely manner. If Plantar Fasciitis goes untreated, it usually results in chronic pain while resting.

What Causes Fasciitis Plantaris?

Plantar Fasciitis often occurs in people with fallen arches (or flat feet), and is caused by overpronating the foot (when the foot rolls inward). Overpronation, causing the inner foot to be lowered too far down, causes too much tension and overload on the Plantar Fascia, resulting in small cracks in the tissue.
Other forms of overload include:

  • Being overweight
  • Being pregnant
  • Running/playing sports, especially on uneven or hard surfuces
  • Standing on your feet too long (for work)
  • Stiff muscles in the feet and/or lower leg
  • Trauma (jumping from a high place

What Are the Treatments for Fasciitis Plantaris?

If Fasciitis Plantaris is caused by overpronation of the foot, it is important to correct the foot and prevent it from sagging. Although it does not take away the pain directly nor cure the inflammation, special customized insoles can release tension and pressure on the Plantar Fascia—once cured it can prevent the tissue becoming painful again. A new technology we recently introduced at Pain Away Clinic is Shockwave Therapy, which will aid in the rapid reduction of pain and stimulate cell growth, making it a highly effective treatment for chronic injuries such as Fasciitis Plantaris. Inquire at our clinic or make an appointment with one of our qualified physicians to diagnose the cause of your ailment and find the course of treatment that exactly fit your needs.

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