Ouch! If you’ve had it, you know - what a pain.
Plantar fasciitis is when your plantar fascia (a tough fibrous band in your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes) becomes inflamed.
It helps support the arch of the foot and has an important role in normal foot mechanics during walking.
How will I know I have it?
Pain here usually increases gradually and is commonly felt near the heel. Pain can be sudden, such as when jumping from a height or missing a step. The pain can feel more intense wearing unsupportive shoes.
What I’ve found in clinic
Many of my clients who have presented with plantar fasciitis have been runners or hiker. However, you’re susceptible to plantar fasciitis with the following:
An increase in activity level (like starting a walking or running program)
The structure or shape of the foot
The surface on which you are standing, walking or running
The type of shoes you are wearing
The weight you carry
Less commonly, plantar fasciitis may develop due to other medical conditions, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
What do I advise?
If you’re a runner / hiker and you’re experiencing repetitive PF, go and have your gait checked to make sure your footwear is suitable for your individual needs. Visit a sports therapist as they can assess and help with some physical therapy and also some handy tips and exercises to do at home.
Don’t forget to listen to your body, if something is hurting, rest it. As I’ve said before: rest, recharge, recuperation
As always if you’ve any questions pop me a message!