If your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the sole of your foot, or if you have sharp pains in your feet after prolonged sitting, you may have plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the medical name for when you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the base of your toes.
This is due to increased stress on that tissue (the plantar fascia) and can be brought on by a change in footwear, a change in training (too fast, too soon, or a change in terrain and conditions), an increase in body weight, or even a direct trauma to the sole of your foot.
There is not one definitive treatment for plantar fasciitis which can be very frustrating. Although a working diagnosis is easy, the treatment is involved and exhaustive. Rest, ice, taping, stretching and strengthening all help, but ultrasound, shockwave, acupuncture, dry needling, orthotics anti-inflammatories, and even night splints have their roles to play, and these vary with each different athlete.
To start you can try rest, ice, morning stretches of the fascia and calf muscles and slowly returning to activity as a first attempt at self treatment. If problems persist, consultation with a physiotherapist is best. Give us a call, and get on track to happy, healthy, running!
If problems persist, consultation with a physiotherapist is best. Give us a call, and get on track to happy, healthy, running! Contact Us.