It’s could be the change to summer footwear and flip flops and sandals may well be the culprit but there’s been a big increase in the number of patients presenting to the clinic suffering with foot pain, and in particular plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick fibrous band of tissue which supports the long arch of the foot. Running from the base of the heel to the forefoot, pain is classically felt first thing in the morning on putting your foot to the floor as the plantar fascia attempts to stretch out. Pain is usually felt most intensely at the origin of the plantar fascia at the heel. This common and painful condition can be extremely debilitating for sufferers and causes prolonged absences from activities and sports.
Physiotherapy treatment of the condition involves determining and treating the underlying causes of the condition and addressing any biomechanical factors predisposing the patient to its development. Manual therapy and stretching of the plantar fascia and achilles tendon are key in the successful treatment of the condition. Your physiotherapist may prescribe some of the following exercises to assist in the rehabilitation of you injury.
Plantar Fasciitis Rehabilitation Exercises