It feels like I’m walking on a stone!
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common and painful foot conditions you can experience. Just putting your heel on the ground can be excruciating.
The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It attaches to your heel bone providing strength and support to the arch of your foot.
Plantar fasciitis is an injury occurring when this band of tissue gets strained or irritated at your heel attachment, due to repetitive overloading from activities such as walking and running.
There is much misconception regarding the management of plantar fasciitis, and it can be daunting to know what is going to help you.
So what helps?
Believe it or not, the best way for you to get through this injury is to learn how to gradually and optimally load the fascia under your foot to strengthen the tissue.
- Current evidence supports the POLICE principal when dealing with chronic connective tissue disorders such as Plantar Fasciitis.
- Further research has found Shockwave therapy to be very effective for pain relief, allowing loading of the fascia to commence sooner.
- Further pain relief may also come from wearing shoes with good arch supports, taping or using foot orthotics.
- Reducing any biomechanical or training factors will speed up your recovery
- If pain persists and is not settling after 12 weeks, then steroid or PRP injection therapy may be indicated.