Plantar Fasciitis is a very common condition but left untreated can become very painful and over time limits mobility. It can occur in just one foot or both.
It begins as pain under the heel which is worse first thing in the morning and when getting up from resting. The pain can gradually spread around the heel and up to the toes.
Many people suffer for months and even years with the pain and limited mobility when, in fact, this condition is fairly simple to treat.
Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a very strong band of tissue which runs under our feet. It inserts into the heel (calcaneus) and into the toe bones. Poor foot and lower leg biomechanics cause the plantar fascia to become over stretched. This causes inflammation in the heel bone (calcaneus) and without intervention this will steadily get worse and increasingly more painful.
There really is no need to suffer for a long period of time with this condition. You may be advised by your doctor to rest your foot and take anti-inflammatory medication and have extensive physiotherapy treatment. All of these can help but the key to improvement and pain reduction is to help the foot function better to stop the over stretching of the plantar fascia.
At Chelmsford Foot Clinic we treat this condition with laser therapy and orthotics (Insoles) after we examine why your foot and lower leg are not working properly. With these interventions the pain can be greatly reduced very quickly in days and weeks rather than months and years.
If you think you may have plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to make an appointment with us to see if we can help. We will work closely with your physiotherapist if you have one and your GP to ensure you are given the best treatment to help improve the plantar fasciitis and get you mobile again.