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Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fasciitis. The Plantar Fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue in the sole of your foot. It originates from the Calcaneus of your foot (heel) and extends along the sole of the foot towards the toes. This condition occurs when there is a tear in this fibrous band causing pain and inflammation.

Around 1 in 10 people will have plantar fasciitis at some point in their life. It is said to affect patients between the ages of 8-80 years however is most common in middle aged women, predominantly male and runners1.

The pain is usually felt either on the underside of the heel or along the inner rim of the sole of the foot. Another symptom of this condition is a problem in bending the foot up so the toes are pointing towards the ceiling felt especially during the morning. In non-athletes this problem is usually associated with long periods of weight bearing/standing, sudden increased levels of activity, tightness in the Achilles tendon2 and a high body mass index. It can also be associated with inappropriate footwear that either does not fit well or does not provide appropriate support and cushioning3.

In most cases Plantar Fasciitis does not require surgery or invasive treatment to reduce the pain and inflammation. If the condition is not allowed to worsen, conservative treatment usually hastens recovery and is effective in about 90% of patients4.

The health professionals in our clinic will be able to assess and explain your condition to you, highlight any risk factors that might make your condition worse, provide you with an exercise programme as well as any other treatment or advice that would help you regarding your condition.


1 Tanz, S.S., 1963. Heal Pain. Clin Orthop, 28, pp.169-78.
2 DeMaio, M., Paine, R., Mangine, R.E., Drez, D. Jr. 1993. Plantar fasciitis. Orthopaedics, 16, pp.1153–63.
3 Singh, D., Angel, J., Bentley, G., Trevino, S. G. 1997. Fortnightly Review: Plantar Fasciitis. BMJ, 315;172.
4 Gill, L.H. 1997. Plantar fasciitis: diagnosis and conservative management. J Am Acad Orthop Surg, 5, pp.109-117.


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