Plantar Fasciitis, often referred to as heel spurs, involves a band of connective tissue (like a tendon) that runs from the bottom of your heel bone to the bottom of your forefoot bones that can become overloaded and inflamed.
The role of your plantar fascia is to maintain your arch height whilst walking, so when you walk excessively or without shoes your plantar fascia may become fatigued or inflamed.
A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is tenderness under your heel bone on first steps after sleeping or resting, tenderness may improve the longer you continue to walk once tenderness is felt.
Conservative treatments include massaging the area with a spiky massage ball or frozen drink bottle, wearing joggers or supportive footwear, resting from activity, applying ice to the area for pain relief.
However if symptoms persist, our friendly podiatrist can prescribe you exercises to strengthen your plantar fascia, apply taping to offload and allow your plantar fascia to recover, provide off the shelf or customised foot orthoses to ensure optimal posture and performance for your feet.
We would love the opportunity to chat with you and suggest options to improve your foot pain.