Located deep in the foot arch are the plantar muscles, which extend from the heel to the base of the toes. These muscles are covered by a thick fibrous layer called the ‘plantar fascia’. When overstretched, this structure becomes inflamed and tightens, resulting in the condition known as Plantar Fasciitis.

Symptoms

Pain is usually located in the base of the foot, at the front of the heel. If left untreated it is painful to walk or stand for long periods. Other common clinical findings are tight calf muscles and fallen arches, both of which contribute to the development of Plantar Fasciitis.

Treatment

Plantar Fasciitis responds well to activity-modification, manual stretches, ultrasound and specific exercises. It is relieved and prevented by the use of soft orthotics. We stock heat-moldable orthotics, which we are able to custom fit to your foot.

Foot Pain

Foot pain may arise from Plantar Fasciitis but can also be due to:

Products Stocked at Gordon Physiotherapy Sports and Spinal for Plantar Fasciitis:

Heel spurs can be commonly mistaken for Plantar Fasciitis. They are a completely different condition but can result from ongoing Plantar Fasciitis. If heel spurs are confirmed, treatment will be very different to that required for other foot problems.