Plantar Fasciitis – A Pain in the Foot

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often disabling condition. It is caused by repeated stress and strain on the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation, micro-tears, and possible degeneration in the tissue. Recent studies have shed light on the underlying mechanisms of plantar fasciitis, including genetic and biomechanical factors, as well as the role of inflammation and nerve sensitisation in the development of the condition.

Physiotherapy is a key component of the treatment of plantar fasciitis, and evidence-based interventions can effectively reduce pain, improve function, and prevent recurrence. Recent research has shown that exercises, particularly calf strengthening can significantly reduce pain and improve function in people with plantar fasciitis. In addition to exercises, we can also provide advice on footwear and activity modification, which can help reduce the load on the plantar fascia and prevent further damage.

Other interventions such as manual therapy, dry needling or myofascial release, and have also been shown to be effective in reducing pain and promoting healing.

A recent study demonstrated that foot orthotics, combined with a stretching and strengthening program, resulted in improvements in pain and function.

Overall, evidence-based physiotherapy interventions can effectively reduce pain and improve function in people with plantar fasciitis. To consult one of our physiotherapists for diagnosis and individualised treatment plan, call the clinic on 9116 8691.

TPC team

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