23 Aug Do you have plantar fasciitis?
The most common foot condition that I see as a Podiatrist is plantar fasciitis. What is this? It’s inflammation of the fascia or soft tissue which makes up the arch of your foot. Most people with plantar fasciitis experience pain under their heel first thing in the morning, throughout the day or after periods of prolonged standing. A sudden increase in exercise, small weight gain, incorrect shoes or poor foot mechanics can cause this injury.
What can you do about it?
The best piece of advice I can give you is wear supportive, lace up shoes for one week until pain starts to reduce. Here is a more extensive list that I give to my clients to follow:
- Rest from high impact exercise
- Ice heel and arch area with a frozen drink bottle
- Take anti-inflammatory medication as required and directed by your doctor
- Ensure you are wearing supportive footwear all the time, if not allllll the time then definitely until pain has subsided
- Strengthening exercises such as calf raises. Be sure NOT to do these off of a step whilst you have heel pain as this can exacerbate the severity of the injury
- Calf stretches
If pain persists longer than a week book an appointment to have your feet reviewed. We can then organise a personalised treatment plan to suit you and get you back on your feet doing the things you love pain free!
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