What is Plantar Fasciitis?
This pain is typically located in the heel of the foot. It is usually worse in the morning and aggravated by standing, walking and running. The risk factors are high volumes of physical activity such as running or standing, and in the non-athletic population, obesity. It may be related to foot and knee posture but this has not been conclusively determined. Decreased flexibility of the ankle and hamstrings have been found to be associated with it.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Initial treatment of plantas fasciitis will typically consist of taping the foot to support the plantar fascia and orthotics. Other treatments included night splints, stretching exercises and extra-corporeal shock wave therapy (although this may be painful). Other exercises such as tibialis posterior strengthening may be prescribed. Other treatments such as cortisone injections and surgery (rarely) are available for resistant cases.